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panying me to the door.     Rang again and again.   All out.
To Thomson s.  He just gone to New York to attend a rehearsal
of Van Amburgh and elephantine performances.  Sat talking for a
hour and a half with the two Mrs Thomsons and another lady, there
present.   Doesticks  wife looking as pretty, and good, and innocent
as ever.    Was shown a series of daguerrotypes of her, from the age
of five and upwards   he & Thomson   appearing, also, in most
of them.    Ah! happy Doesticks! married to the girl he loves
and prosperous.      And, I believe, thoroughly deserving his happiness.
  Returned to Pounden s, and to bed.
  14.  Monday.  New York again.  Harpers and elsewhere.
Nothing to do.  Bleecker St and stockwork   my novel.  Major
Piercy came up.    While I was down stairs at dinner Haney brought
Cahill home, he (Cahill) being exceedingly drunk.  Took him
up to his room and bed.       He had been drinking with Sol Eytinge
and Rosenberg.    Arnold called in the afternoon.      Went to see
the Jewell s in Greene St, their new boarding house, this evening.
  15.  Tuesday.  Breakfasted at Honey s, then down town, to Har-
per s, Post Office &c.    Met Wurzbach and Roberts at the entrance
of a tavern in Reade Street.           Up town by 2.    Letters from Mary
Anne and from George Bolton.               The former writes that she and
her boys are better in health, though still weak from Ague, tht
her eyes are bad, that she has received a letter from  home (poor
thing! she always calls it home!)   containing  a few lines from
father,  that according to Michigan law she has chosen an admin-
istrator to the property, the settlement of matters being fixed
for the third week in December.       There are some outstanding
debts, but creditors cannot claim until twelve months have elap-
sed, unless the fact of the land being on a  school section 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page thirty-eight
Description:Describes a letter received from his half-sister Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Subject:Arnold, George; Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Piercy; Pounden, Frank; Rosenberg; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Van Amburg; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Michigan
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Greene Street; Reade Street
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.