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supplied her with money in considerable sums, employed her
sister Joe  x x  paid $12 a week for Allie s board for some
time before  x x  and that at that time she told him he need
not have waited so long for her favors, intimating  x x  Finally
he had to choose between her and his wife, so gave her up,
upon which she sent to her husband an account of the affair, and
he called on Watson for evidence to get a divorce from her, which he
was obliged to give.     W. declares it s all nonsense about his ill-
using her, that he was quite fascinated by her &c.   Elsewhere
Waud adds, good naturedly, and with a charming obliviousness of his
own position,  It s satisfactory to hear of Sols difficulties and
domestic disarrangements   it serves him right.  Sol s considerable
of an oyster but he wont put up with  Allie dear  always.     For
individual news, the baby s sick and Will s in debt.      Scarcely neces-
sary to mention the last item.    And  D__n her oh! goes about ma-
king everbody miserable by a great parade of blue devils. 
  The  boy Rawson Gill is boarding in this house again   loafing
as usual.     He s twenty.    I had his brother Gladdy come up to see
me yesterday morning.  He let out some delightfully characteristic
illustratives of his mother s meanness.   How she had tried to get a
shilling from him, which Rawson had given.  How she hadn t kept her
word about giving him the shilling, promised in my presence  for my
sake!!!           I had chaffed her into a gush of verbal generosity  
and took Miss Petit to witness that the boy was to have his shilling!
  Bellew has effected a miracle.  Got $20 from Frank Leslie,
in advance   for matter to be furnished!
  14.  Thursday.  Down town.  To Mason s, to get account
of how the book sold.   Handed Lowell Mason the agreement
pointing to paragraph, using as few words as was
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page fifty-five
Description:Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Divorce; Eytinge, Solomon; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Mason, Lowell; Pettit, Lizzie (Cutler); Publishers and publishing; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Watson, John; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; 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.