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Haney s room playing chess.    His father was there too, and
both father and son were a little affected by liquor.   After
dinner Haney went off to Parton s, I accompanying the Poun-
dens   all the family   to the house of a friend, where I stayed
till 7, then leaving them for Parton s.       Found Haneys, Wells
an Ulric, the little German teacher, there.         Parton away,
visiting his mother in Jersey.    The evening passed in reading
aloud Dicken s Christmas Story  The Perils of Certain English
Prisoners &c,  Haney and I taking turns at it.           Stayed
all night.
  11. Monday.  Fanny  telling capital stories over the breakfast
table, which she ought to write out under the title of  School-
days of an Incorigible girl.        A wet walk to New York.
In doors all the rest of the day.
  12. Tuesday.  Met Bellew in Broadway.  With him
behind the scenes and on the stage at Niblo s.  Writing, with
labor the rest of the day.                  Incidentally talking with
Cahill, I ve found out that Arnold knows Lizzie Petit  
has made love to her.    He telegraphed admiration to her window
by fingers alphabet, she met him in Union Square &c.
Just the fast young lady I supposed.     He   Arnold   had told
Cahill the circumstances, suppressing the surname.
  13.  Wednesday.  In doors till the afternoon, when I went to
Greene St to deliver a letter received from Alf Waud enclosed
in one to myself.       He writes thus of Watson, the long, lank, vul-
turous engraver, now in Boston.         He (Watson) boasts that
if Allie knew he had money, and he was to try it on, she would
leave Sol immediately for him.      He gives her credit for mercenary
feeling &c swears that she threw herself in his way, that he
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page fifty-four
Description:Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Books and reading; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Parton, Mrs.; Pettit, Lizzie (Cutler); Pounden; Pounden, Frank; Ulric; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John; Waud, Alfred; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Greene Street; Union Square
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.