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Jersey City, got money, a mother, and is considera-
bly younger than her suitor.         She plays fast
and loose, has rejected him, and the mother sus-
pects the $ form the attraction, which idea the girl
(who isn t pretty shares.)    Kelly   he s a sturdy,
powerful-looking Irishman, and a very good fellow  
is in a nervous way about it, and says it unfits
him for business.      He held me company to Brook-
lyn where we parted, I going on to Parton s.
 A very pleasant evening, every body being in good
spirits, Miss Louisa   (I don t like the Jewish
name Jacobs)   looking very handsome in a tartan
dress, Grace fair and tall, and  Fanny  as usual.
Lots to talk about, and cider and cakes at the
tail part of the evening.
  17.  Monday.   In doors all the raw, bluster-
ing, chill, draughty day.   Writing an imaginary
life of Martin Farquhar Tupper, of whom I
don t know one single circumstance.     Bellew
up at eventide for ten minutes or so.
  Mrs Gouverneur and her offspring are here again.
Rawson talks of starting for Nicaragua on Sat-
  18.  Tuesday.  Wrote letter to Barth.  Down
town, meeting Banks by the way.    He is so
unnaturally civil since his licking that his well-
wishers might experience a regret that such in-
centure to-gentlemanly behaviour could not be admin-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and four
Description:Regarding a talk with Kelly about a girl Kelly loves in Jersey City.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Barth, William; Bellew, Frank; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacobs, Louisa; Kelly; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.