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room to invite me!)  Sending my card up by the attendant
darkey, I was shewn into a stylish sitting room, where were
some dozen persons, and presently down came my lady.   First
she apologized for not receiving me in her room, saying there
were visitors &c.  That means I m not to stay long! said
I.  Oh! I hope you won t think that! &c &c  said she, run-
ning on as usual.      Then she spoke of the Bleecker St folks;
pitied Mrs Potter, wanted to back bite Mrs Church, talked against
Leslie, spoke slightingly of Pierce, praised her present abode,
wished I d come and board there    It was only $10.    recoun-
ted her conquests (!) professed that she was  perfectly delighted 
at meeting me at the Opera, declared that she had looked for
me in order to propose a promenade, that she had cut the
man who took her there and when I saw her was walking
with another.     Mingled with all this was her usual amount
of folly, half real and half affected good-humour, and ever-
predominant desire of admiration.    I talked half complimentary
and half impertinent.        There was playing and singing going
on.    Presently in walks a gentleman and bids Mrs G a
rather stiff good-night. (He was one of her cavaliers, from
above   she had doubtless left him promising to return in five
minutes!)       Then  wouldn t I come up stairs.  Certainly I would.
Miss Lizzie Petit (Southerner and authoress of a novel or two),
a male admirer, and the boy Gladdy in the room.   Mrs G
doing her utmost in the way of fascination, and, as usual,
horribly over doing it   I chaffing, cutting jokes and complimenting,
  insomuch that Miss Lizzie and her companion were some-
times amused into joining the conversation, anon dropping into 
tete a tete, the lady reclining in free and easy attitude, on the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page forty-nine
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Gouverneur at her boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Pettit, Lizzie (Cutler); Pierce; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.