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O Brien came in to him, when he insisted on getting up, to
smoke a pipe with him.  I had gone down stairs, to have a
drink with Leslie.       Next day I told Cahill half a hundred
of imaginary absurdities of which he hadn t been guilty. He   Ca-
hill has written a  Pic article, entitled  Hints on Politeness, 
having quarried the material from Sol Eytinge s domestic m nage,
which has given great offence to Allie.    Josey has gone to live with
some man.          Mrs Levison is back in New York, from Philadel-
phia.    Wurzbach has returned from Germany.
  29.  Thursday.  In doors drawing for Nic-nax, all day. To
the Edwards at night, with Cahill and Haney.
  30.  Friday.  Row at our boarding-house.   The Biddy, who
has a violent temper, and is accustomed to wait at table uttering
indig^|n|ant monologues, as she walks behind you (such as  Sure an
I ought to have wings to be in siven places at once! ),   calls the
old woman, Mrs P s mother, an old b___h and bids her  shut up. 
Mrs P tells her to leave.           A fight occurs in the kitchen subse-
quently.    The Biddy gives Mrs P a black eye and Mrs P threw
a pitcherfull of milk over the Biddy.      /       Down town.  At
Pic Office, Frank Leslie s &c.          Called on Pounden at his
place of business.    Met Fanny Fern, returning up town, and
promised to go over to Brooklyn. Did so in the afternoon.   Met
Smith of the  Courier  in the cars.   Krauth died of
apoplexy yesterday.  At Partons.    Supped with Fanny, Grace and
Nelly and spent the evening talking with them.      Miss Jacobs was
not present, being at New York, visiting her mother.         To bed
by 11, in a top-back-room.
  31.  Saturday.  Up and breakfasted in the basement, with
Fanny and the girls.  Talking (and romping) subsequently, up
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page twenty
Description:Describes a fight at his boarding house between Mrs. Potter and one of her servants.
Date:1857-10-28
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Cooper, Mrs.; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Harriet; Jacobs, Louisa; Krauth; Leslie, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank; Smith, James L.; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Women; Working class women; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.