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votes his spare time to visiting Banbury or some picture
gallery. /       Hannah writes as she always does, lovingly,
earnestly faithfully.   George Clarke thanks me for the book he did
not get, says that Boutcher is in Manchester, and speaks of a three
weeks ramble in Flanders, in company with young Cattermole,
including  jolly old Bruges,  Ghent, Malines, Antwerp, Louvain
and Brussels.           Also, in July, George made a raid into Derbyshire.
Business he says is dull, and the architectural profession, as
practiced,  an imposition and a swindle. 
  15.  Sunday.  Over to Parton s with Haney.  In the afternoon
to Thomsons, Grace Eldridge and Miss Louisa Jacobs walking
with us, but deserting at the door.  Doesticks  household a plea-
sant one.     His mother, wife and a friend who resides with them.
 Doesticks  wife has a very pretty, innocent face, a kind eyes,
and soft dark hair.            She is quite young, says not much, and
evidently thinks him the cleverest fellow in the world.        His mother
 the gay and galliant Sophy  as he delights to call her, resem-
bles her son and often talks Doestickian. (When Thomson
and Haney, upon her refusing them the chess board   it being
Sunday night   commenced a verbal and mental game, she
after five minutes lapse, said  I vote you have the chess board
  your e only sinning under difficulties! )     At night Haney
and I departed for Beecher s church, having made an appointment
with the Partons.   Church crowded, all there, ice cold night,
Parton quietly rampant with wrath at being in church, and a ser-
mon that might deserve chronicling, though an inferior one for
Henry Ward Beecher.
  {16.  Monday       Drawing for Harpers.   Sketches for a Board-
  17.  Tuesday.}       ing house article, to be written by Guernsey.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes visiting Mort Thomson and his family and attending church with the Partons.
Subject:Beecher, Henry Ward; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Cattermole; Clarke, George; Eldredge, Grace; Guernsey; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Parton, James; Religion; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Banbury, [England]
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.