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10, I an hour later.       Plunging through the snow banks
in big thigh-boots, cap and hairy talma, to New York.  Called
on Pounden.  His child has been sick, of croup, and like to die!
Returned up town and in doors the rest of the day.  New York
in a snowdrift.
  21.  Sunday.  With Eldredge, son to the old gentleman on
Randall s Island, to visit that place, he going to see his daughter,
a little girl of 2.  A healthy ride and walk.  Back by 2 or
so, to dinner.   In doors the rest of the day.   Eytinge up,
in Haney s room, best part of the day.     Wrote a rh song  
a parody of  Villikens and his Dinah  in honor of Grace s
birthday, which comes off on Wednesday.  We are all to go over,
and have a jollification.   I ve put every body into it, and mean
to sing it.
  22.  Monday.  Writing.  Out for an hour.  Called at
Jewell s in the evening, and wrote a letter to Dillon Mapother.
  23.  Tuesday.  Post-office, Pounden s &c.  Met Bellew.
Wrote to Barth.
  24.  Wednesday.  Down town.  At sunset, with Haney and
Cahill over to Brooklyn.  The Doesticks  there.  A very jolly
time.   Grace drest her prettiest.  She s one of those girls whom
bright colors become, and looked charming.  There was a big
basket banquet of costly flowers on a side table, the gift of Ulric.
The little man didn t show being engaged elsewhere, so a pe-
culiar feature of the evening was missing.   He s the a character.
A small scanty-lightish-haired German with an inordinate
desire of shining, playing first fiddle in everything   so much
so that he detests any body who by any chance attracts more 
attention   though by ever so short a spack   than himself.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seventy-one
Description:Describes attending a birthday party for Grace Eldredge in Brooklyn.
Subject:Barth, William; Bellew, Frank; Birthdays; Cahill, Frank; Children; Eldredge; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eldredge, Jenny; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Mapother, Dillon; Pounden, Frank; Songs; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Ulric; Women
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.