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home, and speculates whether he should go west and hire
out on a farm, or in a store.
  16.  Wednesday.  Jerroldiana. Writing.
  17.  Thursday.  Down town in the morning.  Writing story at
night.  Thomson came up in the afternoon.   A miserable day,
atmospherically and every sort of way. Did nothing till night.
  18.  Friday.  In doors till evening working hard.    Jerroldiana.
Then to Greene St.
  19.  Saturday.  Drawing   for Leslie s paper.   Cahill in my room.
Down town in the afternoon.  Broadway thronged.  Met Fanny Fern and
her daughter.  Grace looking charming.  Anon met Bellew, Piercy and
Haney.     Parting, Cahill to the Pic Office, I to Post Office &c.  Evening
drawing and scribbling.
  20.  Sunday.   To Partons, and there all day, Haney
coming in the evening   having spent the greater part of the day with
O Brien, in Jersey.
  21.  Monday.    Working. (Jerroldiana.)   A letter from Hannah.
  22.  Tuesday.  Working.  Down town in the afternoon, to the
Post Office &c.  Found a note from Frank Leslie on my re-
turn, requesting me to go to the Charity ball at  the Academy, 
in order to write a comic article about it.      Nast, a young
artist called, at at about 10 we went.        Very brilliant opera-
house full of folks   a great cram.    Came face to face with Mrs
Gouverneur, there, she looking very well in her ball dress, and
squared by a clerk in the 7th Regiment, militia uniform.  Why, its
Mr Gunn!  says he, according me a very cordial recognition,
at which I bowed.      We ve been at feud since the Leslie row,
though she has often sat opposite to me at the dinner table, and
thrown out conversational grappling irons, I ve never clinched.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page forty
Description:Describes attending a charity ball in order to write and illustrate a comic article about it for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Subject:Balls (Parties); Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, George; Cahill, Frank; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Leslie, William; Nast, Thomas; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Piercy; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Greene 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.