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minnows.        Jack Boutcher is doing pretty well in
his new business, has a snug little house in Starch
Green, buys pigeons which strangers shoot when
he lets  em out and keeps lots of fowls which
won t lay eggs.     He is now father of a girl who
sleeps quietly under the infliction of  the brutal name
of Jane Elizabeth. 
  14.  Wednesday.    Office.   Writing at night.
  15.  Thursday.  Going down Broadway in company
with Haney this morning, as I stopped opposite to the 
site of what was once the Irving House, an ingenious
attempt at petty imposition was practiced upon me.
I had produced my pocket book to pay for a paper
when a bulky-looking fellow dressed like a laboring
man, with blue overalls, little gaiters, and cap addres-
sing me with a thick Irish brogue inquired if I were
not a farmer and whether I couldn t give him
a little job or so.        I being alive to the dodge
asked him whether I looked like a farmer &c,
upon which he went on to say that had nt had
any breakfast,  wouldn t I give him six pence? 
  Now Parton had been twice accosted by this 
very knave last winter, having relieved him the
first time.      The fellow then, as now, carried
over his shoulder a shovel and a very clean basket.
  On mentioning the dodge to Haney he slink
off, accepting his position as rogue instantly!
  Office.        Writing in the evening.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Describes encountering an Irish beggar on the street with Haney.
Date:1857-01-13
Subject:Boutcher, Jack; Boutcher, Jane Elizabeth; Boutcher, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Poverty
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.