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tance with the States Prison.           Funny story told by
Thomson last night of a drunken man on the cars. The conduc-
tor made him pay his fare five times, waking him up, for that
purpose.   Solon Robinson   old flowing-white-bearded, Hot Corn 
Solon of the Tribune   pitched into the man and knocked him 
off the car.          Two good absurdities of Cahill s perpetra-
tion.    Old Patten was talking over the breakfast table in the 
usual vulgarly-invidious, brutal style of low Americans about
the Princess  marriage, ventilating his democratic utilitarianism
in invectives against her presumed uselessness, when Cahill
broke in with an emphatic assertion that the princesses of England
scrubbed out their own chambers   their mother insisted on their
doing it.    Staggered into momentary credulity, says Patten  I
didn t know that   she s a good gal then if she does them things. 
Whereupon Cahill bullied him with  You should take care to
be well informed before you condemn people &c!      The other
instance is droll from its unexpected audacity.  Somebody was
talking of bibles.  Says Cahill, with affected indignation,  There s
too many of  em about already!    This was at the dinner-
table.              A flaying review of Parton s  Life of Burr  in the
new  Atlantic Monthly. 
  26.  Friday. In doors till evening.  Drawing &c.  To the
Edwards  in the evening, Haney and Cahill being there.    Felt
miserably incompetent as to work all day, and wearily, des-
pairingly, self-despisingly despondent.
  27. Saturday.  Down town, meeting Wood by the way.  To
Day s  Brother Jonathan office, Post Office &c.  Met Moore who
told me that Welden would get the money awarded to him for his
Maillard damages   amounting to perhaps $1000 clear, when he has
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seventy-four
Description:Describes a conversation between Frank Cahill and Patten about Princess Victoria of Great Britain.
Subject:Atlantic monthly.; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Maillard; Moore, Mr.; Parton, James; Patten, Willis; Robinson, Solon; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Victoria, Princess; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Welden, Charles; Wood, John A.
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.