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trouble of dressing her hair, which is, really, very good,
she on one occasion before lecturing, clapped on a wig.  Dres-
sing once, while he sat talking to her in an ajoining room, she
put out her head (in order to see if he were attentive) her
face covered with soap suds and cigar in mouth!   She
smokes incessantly, making her own cigars.   Being remonstra-
ted with on the former indulgence by a railroad conductor,
(Lola has got into innumerable rows from persistence in smo-
king in the cars) she put the comether over him by asking
 Ye re from Oireland?  and describing herself as  a little girl
from the auld counthry!                         A Mr Ware called on
me, this afternoon, having been preceded by an introductory let-
ter from Damoreau.       A Bostonian.
  9.  Tuesday.   Out early.  Abortive drawing.  Called at
Jewell s in the evening.
  10.  Wednesday.  Bradys.  Down town. Saw Pounden.  Ware
up at evening.
  {11.  Thursday.       Down town, each day, once.   Nervous hor-
  12.  Friday.}       rors of incapacity over drawing.
  13.  Saturday.    Indoors all the miserable day.  Did draw-
ings, desperately finishing them.
  14.  Sunday.   With Haney, through a snow storm, to Brook
lyn, he to Parton s, I to Pounden s.    His wife up, for the
first time since her sickness.    The child being fetched in fron
the Barrs (neighbours) at first it didn t recognize its mother,
which affected her very much, and was painful to look on.  She
wouldn t let it go away any more.             I stayed all night.
  15.  Monday.  Cleaning snow off sidewalk &c; then to New
York with Pounden.     Snow everywhere.   At night with Cahill
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-nine
Description:Describes stories about Lola Montez told by Henry Clapp.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Children; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Montez, Lola; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Ware, John
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.