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should have asked the other gentleman.    I chaffed and
talked for another half hour, and then left, being warmly in-
vited by both ladies to come again!
  As an instance of Mrs G s ignorance I remember her, when
in conversation with the scoundrel Andreotti, pitying Julius
Caesar, as a  Poor young man! cut off in the prime of life! 
  4.  Monday.  To Brady s.  Jerrolding.  Down town in the
afternoon   didn t get $10.  Evening, called at Edwards ; at 14th
street (for my gloves, having left them overnight):    Mrs G  going
it  in the parlor: and in the 5th Avenue to see little Miss
Brooks, her brother, Pierce, having given me her address, and
informing me that she was in town, temporarily staying with her
uncle.         The little girl looked just as usual, was sitting talking,
with (I think)   the cousin whom she jilted for Leslie!!!   Her
younger brother and another lady were present.    Stayed about
twenty minutes.                To a certain extent, Mrs Potter was an-
swerable for the Leslie business, she having praised him to the
old lady, Mrs Brooks, as a young man of excellent moral character
and quite wealthy. This is an orthodox boarding-house dodge.  Had Leslie been a clerk 
at a salary of $8
or $10 a week, the little girl would never have troubled him.  She
wanted to get married   and that s all about it.       It s a very common
reason with young ladies.     Leslie esteems himself quite a favorite
among the girls,  half knowing that his wealth is the cause.  But he
has such an ingrained reverence for money, that he always can t separate
himself, personally, from his dollars: hence he is thick witted
enough to consider the popularity purchased by them as great
a compliment as any pond to himself, individually.
  5.  Tuesday.  To Bradys, where I met Davis, the ex-sailor
and carver and gilder.    He told me that his wife  was dead
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page fifty-one
Description:Mentions visiting Nina Brooks.
Date:1858-01-03
Subject:Andreotti; Boardinghouses; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Davis; Davis, Mrs.; 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):5th Avenue; 14th Street
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.