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the remainder of the evening, taking part in the  Fox and Geese, 
during which her hair came down.    She looked so pretty and so in-
nocent that nobody could think it immodest for a second.       Nor was
it!           Haney went home with the Partons at about 1,       Cahill
and I trudged back to New York, through the mild night, and part
of the time, through the slow falling rain.
  6.  Wednesday.   In doors all day, doing very little.
  7.  Thursday.  Down town in the morning.  To Mrs Jewells
in the evening; she and her daughters there.   A project of Mrs
Sexton starting a boarding-house.    /                     O Brien called
in the afternoon.      Incidentally, I have heard a characteristic
thing of him.    Underwood, one of the editors of the  Atlantic Monthly 
being on here, O Brien must needs give him, Wilkins, Clapp and
Fry (of the Tribune) a supper at Delmonico s   some $30 affair
or more.    Splendid illustration of Erin go Brag!
  8.  Friday.  Wrote to Mary Anne, and to Waud.  Out in the
afternoon.   Little Miss Brooks called this morning and asked
for Mrs Potter, who was out.    The Biddies being engaged in clean-
ing the front parlour, she was about to walk into the back one,
where Leslie was breakfasting at his usual late hour!     The
servant told her  a gentleman  was there.   Still she wanted to go
in.    The servant asked her to walk up stairs, to Mrs Patten s
or Miss Cooper s room   which she declined   and went away.
Meantime Leslie had bolted to the further door, preparing to
quit the room by it, if she entered at the other.   He subsequent-
ly went off without his breakfast!!!
  9. Saturday.  Don t recollect.  Down town in the morning.
  10.  Sunday.  With Haney to Pounden s, in pursuance of an
invitation given by the latter, on night, when I found him in
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page fifty-three
Description:Mentions a visit of Nina Brooks to his boarding house and a party thrown by Fitz James O'Brien.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Cooper, Lucia; Fry; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank; Sexton, Nelly; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Waud, Alfred; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.