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  21.  Thursday.  Down town, Harper s &c.  Posted
a letter for my mother.  I ve not heard from home for four
months.     Writing story at night and an hour or so into the next
morning.         Haney gone to the theatre with the Parton s.
  22.  Friday.  Down town till 3, pottering about Hutching s
cut, between his office and that of Haney.  Finally got it com-
pleted and got paid for it.  Up town, after lunching at Gosling s,
and by 6, per omnibus, to Pounden s office, and finding he had
left, to Brooklyn.   A children s party in honor of the boy s
birthday.   All sorts of games and very tumultuous carryings on.
I was master of the revels and became so popular that I wonder
my coat wasn t torn off my back.       Some of the children were
very pretty, one being a perfect little beauty (named Annie Giles)
with fair hair and deep blue eyes.          When I had her innocent
cherub s face nestling against mine, I d have given anything to
have owned her.    Some folks of riper growth were present,
including Miss Barr and a Miss Read.           Up till 2 in the
morning assisting Pounden to undress and re-splinter the leg
of his Newfoundland dog, which was broken in two place by
the railroad cars.       The poor animal lay at the foot of the
basement stairs, and stood it better than a human being
might have done.
  23.  Saturday.  Over to New York with Pounden, rather
later than usual, owing to Mrs P s having scalded her foot,
just before breakfast.    Looking in at the  Pic Office saw
Woodward.  Says he s been farming in Indiana and in the
coal-region of Pennsylvania.      I have not met the man since
he bolted so abruptly, in the days of the  Lantern.           The
Major has shut up  The Pasha    as I learn from Cahill.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-one
Description:Describes attending a birthday party for Frank Pounden's son, and helping create a splint for Pounden's Newfoundland who had a broken leg.
Subject:Barr, Mary; Birthdays; Cahill, Frank; Children; Dogs; Fern, Fanny; Giles, Annie; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hutchings, Dick; Parton, James; Piercy; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Read, Miss; Woodward
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [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.