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and body and says he will never leave home any more! 
  God be kind to him!    Naomi writes that Mrs Williams,
Barth s sister had been mother to three children, one died, and
two are  out at nurse in the country;  she  couldn t have them
at home in the business.   Mrs Walenn has a boy and a girl.
Mrs Barth is said to have disease of the heart, is now at Brigh-
ton.   Handsome Louisa Hogarth is said to be consumptive   the
more s the pity   she was a lovely girl.  Mrs Annoot has seven
children   Rosa and Naomi godmother s to the last.   Honest En-
gland! where the mothers have big families and don t think
abortion an institution quite proper and convenient!  Mrs
Parkins has tumbled and broken her arm.  I wonder if she
were drunk at the time.  Parkins married her from a kitchen,
and has to lock up his cellar to keep her from inebriating her-
self.     Mrs Dakins   a handsome little woman with a clever hus-
band, he did Ingoldsby s  Little Vulgar Boy  in character with
immense effect at our party   has three children.  They, the
Dakins have got  my book  to read.    Finally Naomi writes
that my mother is  wonderfully well and cheerful   which she
need be, for there is always groaning going on on the other side
of the fire place. 
  9.  Tuesday.  Mrs Gouverneur dislocated her arm yesterday,
by a fall on the slippery pavement.  Mrs Potter learnt this by a call.
Mrs G screamed so horribly that all the house heard her, fancying
she d sure to die of the injury.  She is to the last degree afraid
of death.  I m sorry the woman s hurt, though she is a fool and a
liar.   Cahill got into a squabble last night with the pair of Wat-
sons   the one the little, low, greasily-smiling cockney who does the
theatricals for the Sunday Courier.  It was a Haneys, about
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page ninety-four
Description:Describes a letter from his sister Naomi giving news of friends and acquaintances in England.
Date:1858-03-08
Subject:Abortion; Annoot, Mrs.; Barth, Mrs.; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Children; Dakins; Dakins, Mrs.; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hogarth, Louisa; Parkins; Parkins, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Walenn, Mrs.; Watson, Frederick; Williams, Eliza; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.