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thing that was said, ask Mrs Potter  whether she hadn t
any other sort of pie?,  and after learning the name of every
dish on the table, conclude that he d have some potatoes  with
plenty of steak gravy!     He didn t love his mother or father
one bit, all his interests centering in George Patten.    The
mother was really fond of her cub and tried her weak
best to lick him into likeableness.      She is a well meaning woman,
but quite an incomplete nature, talks too much, is a violent
partisan in most things, don t bear malice, is hardly ever
in good health   like all Yankee women   and sometimes talks
of her husband as though he were the most loveable of men,
at other times, that she wouldn t mind quitting him.   They
have their  spats  and snarls, in which she generally holds
her own.   Of late she s been championing an old politician  
one Gen. Nye, accused of availing himself of his position in
the Police, to make the men present him with a house and lot,
to such an extent that I wonder the baby wasn t born with
a house and lot marked on it.      I think Nye was instru-
mental in getting her husband his place.
  Down town, to Leslie s   not Franks.  Rest of the day
in doors.   Some drawing at night.
  6.  Saturday.  Another child born in the house, to Mrs
Eldredge, Mrs Potter s niece.  She is a rather pleasant-looking
little woman, her husband a short, stout, partially bald,
bearded good humored man   I think, a very good fellow.
They seem very happy together. This child s a boy.  They have
another, little Jenny, whom the grandparents will have with
them on Randall s island.            Down town in the afternoon
to the Times, Tribune & Pic Offices.  Met Horace Greeley coming
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page eighty-five
Description:Describes the Patten family and mentions Mrs. Eldredge giving birth to a boy.
Date:1858-03-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Children; Eldredge; Eldredge, Jenny; Eldredge, Mrs.; Eldredge, Sr.; Eldredge, Sr., Mrs.; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nye; Patten, George; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.