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  24.  Saturday.  Dismal rain-drizzle.  To Harpers
with drawings, Pic Office.  Nobody there but the boy.  Doesticks 
away at Newhaven getting married, Wilbour abetting.  O Brien
came and went.  To Nic-nax Office.  Got block.  Returned through
the unceasing rain.  In Haney s room at night, he and Cahill
playing chess.
  25.  Sunday. In doors all the dismal drenching day. Doing
Whelpley s drawing,  chores and reading.  Bellew called in the mor-
ning.    Both his sister, brother in law and family, as well as wife
and child (from Boston) have arrived.
  {26.  Monday to.       Wet weather.  Drawing, for Nic-nax and
  28.  Wednesday}       Harpers; not much out o doors.  Had stove
put up and commenced fires with the usual inconveniences.  Cahill
much in-doors too, hard-up, slightly floored and matagrabolized.
Resolved to economize by cutting off dinners, persists in it for
four days, then breaks down.        He and Arnold writing one day,
in Haneys room.   Met Dixon in the Picayune Office one mor-
ning   in a quiet whirlwind of excitement and blaspheming
with his usual heartiness.    Mrs Gouverneur and all her
family here, she looking well, Rawson, loafing as of old, May
with her hair cut short and looking ugly,  Gladdy  puffy-faced
and under a physicians care for a suppostitious enlargement of
the heart.   A little busybody of a man dines at our table.  He
will talk to everybody, is inquisitive and an exquisite prig;
likes to show his erudition by cavilling at words in ordinary
use and provokes continous antagonism and chaff.   Leslie
is back from Philadelphia, whither he went to visit his brother
and family, recently returned from Europe.       O Brien up, and
night in Haney s room.    Talk and gin and water.      Bellew
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seventeen
Description:Mentions Mrs. Gouverneur's return to his boarding house with her family for a visit.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Dixon, E.H.; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Piercy; Piercy, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Whelpley; Wilbour
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.