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Left at midnight or thereabouts.
  23.  Wednesday.   Writing till 4. P.M..     Then down
town.   Arnold up in Haney s room at night.
  24. Thursday.   Called at Greene Street to learn whether
a letter I left, from Boston, contained any news worth having.
Found Mrs Sexton and Selina.       Alf just able to rub along  
that s all.       To Leslie s with article.  Sol and Doesticks
there.  The Pic Office &c.     Returned up town.    Sol and
Wood looked in.     Called in at Edwards at night.
  25.  Friday.   Found a silver pen-and-pencil-case and
gold pen, and a neckerchief on my table, neatly enveloped,
as gifts from  an obliged friend. (Mrs Church.)  Down
town to the Astor, where I had promised overnight, to call
on a Mr Serrell, who wished to accompany me to Parton s.   He
was busy so I went alone.    Stayed till 5: folks a little used up,
from an over-night s childs party.       Turned out then and
walked to Thomson s on my way back, to deliver a note from
Parton.     It was a cold, dull day, overcast with to-morrow s
snow, not a ray of sunlight from early morning, and the
wind blowing searchingly down the streets.    I thought of
many past Christmas days and of my look out in life   
 Doesticks  came up from his dinner in a gorgeous red dres-
sing gown; wanted me to join his family.  I took the cars, 
crossed the ferry and took omnibus to the Edwards .  Cahill,
Haney and all the folks there.          Kind folks, but, with me, 
a slow evening.
  26.  Saturday.  Snowing steadily and slowly all day. In-
doors.   Going out for my morning s paper met Wood who spoke
of Sol Eytinge, declaring it his opinin that Sol was  most
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page forty-one
Description:Describes the events of Christmas Day, including a visit to the Partons.
Subject:Arnold, George; Cahill, Frank; Christmas; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Clothing and dress; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Parton, James; Serrell, Edward W.; Sexton, Nelly; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred; Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):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.