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		  January, 1858.
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   1.  Friday.  With Cahill and Haney to Brooklyn,
the day mild and sunny; dropping in on the Major by
the way.   At  Doesticks.  Routed Thomson out of his
snuggery and carried him and Ed. Wells, his friend
and fellow resident, with us to Partons.   Found the girls
in gorgeous array and everybody in good-humor; Parton
having just recovered from a mild  pizening  from put-
ting red-wafers into his mouth.       There for a couple of
hours or so, then all back to Thomson s to dinner.   At
4 or so, all to New York and to the Edwards.  Thom-
son only made a call, I left at 9, and the rest stayed
till midnight; Wells returning with Haney to our boar-
ding house, for the night.
  2.  Saturday.  Jerrolding  & working promiscuously,
but busily.  Down town in the afternoon, meeting Frank
Leslie (with his hair smelling unpleasantly as usual.) Didn t
get paid my $10   and didn t expect to.                       I hear
Miss Nina Brooks is in New York, staying with her uncle,
in the Fifth Avenue.    Mrs Potter talks of telling Cahill
to go: he owes her for eighteen weeks board.  Says she  shall
have to speak to him on Monday. 
  3. Sunday.  A morning s walk to the Battery and there-
abouts.   Afternoon, reading.   At night went to visit Mrs
Gouverneur, at a fashionable boarding-house in 14th Street.
(When she was here, last time, she came up-stairs to my
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page forty-eight
Description:Mentions visits made to the Partons, the Thomsons, and the Edwards family on New Year's Day.
Date:1858-01-01
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; New Year; Parton, James; Piercy; Potter, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):14th Street; Fifth Avenue
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.