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two or three half condemnatory lines.    I used to chaff
Edge about it.   He must have made his $50 or more, at
that time.   Since he generaled himself out of the Herald,
I think he did but little.    His wife was an Alsatian  
a dress maker or something of the sort.   He lived with her as
his mistress before marriage.   He had known her in Paris.
I saw her once, walking with him, talking French very rapid-
ly, and holding up her skirts.  Not pretty, but had good
legs.      Edge s father forgave the marriage and his sisters
wrote kindly to his wife.    Edge had a good deal of miscel-
laneous knowledge, was good natured, not at all offensive,
but from his babbling propensities, and had no opinions
worth a bad half penny.   I remember Cahill being very
savage at him, because one Sunday morning he came to the
basement of this house, and finding Sol Eytinge and Cahill
very drunk   they had disposed of certain bottles of gin bet-
ween them   Edge went about cackling of it to everybody!  A
very queer little beggar, certainly.   He professed extreme or-
thodoxy, and believed he should sit in Parliament, someday.
  23.  Tuesday.  To Brady s with Leslie, he getting his portrait
taken, to give to Miss Bella Farr.   Return.  Drawing, cut for Har-
pers.  Got a little nervous, rubbed out twice, then did it pretty
successfully.  A little Phonography at night.   Twill take a
years application to learn it.  A man can get $20 weekly as
a phonographic reporter, oftener much more.  With what I could
make beside by scribbling and drawing, I could afford to have
what I desire most of all in this world   Hannah for my wife.
Let me work on, and do my best, every way.  I m very
very tired of this lonely life, and have been so for many a day.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eight
Description:Describes Frederick Edge.
Date:1858-03-22
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Cahill, Frank; Edge; Edge, Frederick; Edge, Frederick, Mrs.; Eytinge, Solomon; Farr, Bella; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William
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.