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then back, to drawing.
  15.  Monday.  Drawing, from 9 A. M to about 2 next mor-
ning.  Did nine drawings on wood.       Leslie is back rom
Philadelphia.  Mrs Pounden the elder is sick of neuralgia and
don t show at meals.  I must sketch her husband here.  He
is a most obnoxious Irishman, evidently of much lower social standing
than his wife.  He may be forty, is dark haired, with a false Cel-
tic eye, features not individually bad, face roundish and ignoble,
and general expression common.   He has the small cunning of
the race, can never ask plainly even for a pipe full of tobacco, but
lays a trap for it by indirect questions, which he fancies are humo-
rous.   He vents dreary lies under the same impression.   You can
mention no illustrious name in letters but he tells some palpable
flam of his playing at  kyards  with them or something of the sort.
Like all the Irish who are not Anglo-phobic he loves to grovel at titled
names, and assumes to be absurdly interested in  Me Lorrud
this  or Vicount that.   Moreover he pretends at loyalty.   He lost
the berth   a very good one, for the likes of him,   of mail agent bet-
ween Detroit & Niagara because he was insolent to a man placed
above him   sure he d known the man in a subordinate office.
He gets drearily drunk in the day time and comes home to sleep it
off.  He was a despot in authority and is sycophantic and soft-soap-
ey in adversity.    His wife is a worthy woman, and three parts
a lady, though her creed is all formula, and she s extremely nar-
row-minded.  Bating that one respects her.  She s trying to resume
her former employments   teaching French or music, but can t find
an engagement.  She d be willing to transport her worthless husband
to Ireland, to get rid of him, but I suppose he prefers loafing here,
under the expectation of getting money from a brother.  O Brien
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and one
Description:Describes Pounden and his wife, who live in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pounden; Pounden, Mrs.
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.