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day a mild, cheery one.      Arnold and O Brien in Haney s
room at night.
  28.  Thursday.  To Harpers.  Saw Bonner.
  29.  Friday.  In doors all day.
  30. Saturday.  Down town early.  Drawing and writing.
A letter from Alf Waud.  He has moved to the outskirts of Boston,
which costs him a muddy walk to and from business, makes but
$2 a day and finds it a hard struggle to rub along.   Watson
the vulturous engraver making a fool of himself with some female
he has picked up. 
  31. Sunday.  In doors   like an ass   all the clear, cold, sunny
day.  At night to see Mrs Gouverneur and had a very amu-
sing evening.     /       Heard a story of Haney s telling, about
one Whitney, one of the proprietors of the Sunday Mercury (on
which, by the way Cahill is engaged at a salary of $10 per week).
It more than parallels Rousseau s disposal of his children.   This
Whitney has a mistress, a big Irishwoman, whom he took for
the improvement of a pimply complexion, and commended the
connection as  coming cheaper than marriage.  A child was born.
The man   then an advertising agent   got a gratuitous advertise-
ment offering an infant for adoption inserted in the  Dis
patch,  and on its repetition thrice succeeded in disposing
of his own child.        Another Irishman acted a his agent
in this pretty business, and to this fellow, Whitney subsequently
refused the gratuitous insertion of another advertisement in the Mercury!

Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-four
Description:Regarding Whitney putting his child born from a mistress up for adoption.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bonner, John; Cahill, Frank; Children; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Sunday mercury.; Watson, John; Waud, Alfred; Whitney
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.