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day, in a carriage with the little girl and a servant,
and Mrs Brooks and Foster following in another.
Leslie joined us at the wharf.          Well, he was
dismal for a day or two, and went out and got
drunk that night.           A week or so after the
promised row with Mrs Gouverneur came off.   Return-
ing from a Sunday morning at Bellews, I was (not)
much surprised of hearing her Billingsgating him over
the dinner-table.       He acted with more good sense than
I should have expected, considering his choleric tem-
per.      It appeared that he had  spoken to her  be-
fore, and a furious altercation had occurred in the
front parlor, during the greater portion of the forenoon.
At the supper table, Leslie not being present, Mrs G
came out in a denunciatory manner about him, and
offered $ 100 for his cow hiding.          Haney, Cahill,
Miss Church, Mrs Potter and myself were present.
Mr s G in her desire to make partisans overdid the
matter altogether, as I saw by the impression created.
I said nothing, till she chose to assail me as a partisan
of the evening, when I put in a neat speech or two 
touching the $100 reward   intimating that any brave
who might be disposed to attempt it s achievement
mightn t get his money, as he couldn t recover it legally.
It had the desired effect of  riling  her   rather.
Since then strict non-intercourse is the order of
the day; she having forbidden Rawson s coming in to
my room, as he was prone to.                  Miss Church
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Regarding an argument between William Leslie and Mrs. Gouverneur about his behavior with Nina Brooks.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Foster; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.