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store (wholesale, I believe) and given to lewd conver-
sation.         He remains principally, I opine, in order
to keep up an unbroken intimacy between Leslie, and
the family   touching  Nina.     With that little girl
indeed our longitudinal Scotchman went very far in
philander-ation (if the word be allowable.)      They
always took breakfast together, at a later hour than
the other boarders, remaining together till 11 or so;
and had the parlor to themselves of evenings.   I
am sure that the girl is very kind and good and
innocent; and I think fond of him.          When
the family left he was quite thrown out of employ-
ment of evenings.     Nina  as well as her mother
gave both myself and Leslie invitations to visit
them during the summer at Hudson, mine being
the first offered.              Of course there s the usual
under current of boarding house tattle touching the
presumed lovers, and Mrs Gouverneur, with her
usual unlucky proclivity towards precipitating herself
into hot water, must needs visit Miss Sturgis
our  Grace Poole  and sit ridiculing and slandering
the innocent little girl for half an hour   she over-
hearing it all, in the next room, which happened to
be her mother s.      I believe  Nina  cried about it;
of course she told Leslie, and subsequently myself.
The Scot was savage, and intimated his intention
of a row, subsequent to the Brooks  departure.
We saw them off, I going, on a dismally wet
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Regarding the relationship between Nina Brooks and William Leslie and the gossip in the boarding house about them.
Date:1857-04-30
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Foster; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Sturgis, Miss
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.