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her dupe.                  Cahill went round to Arnold s for
an hour and then came back to bed.
  25.  Thursday.  The first shower-bath of the season!  Down
town early, back by 9.  Met Wood and Arnold.  Drawing,
writing and a little Phonography all day till 9 P.M. Then to
the Edwards .   Quite a room full of folks.  Parton there, in honor
of his half-brother presence with a newly-wed-wife.  Miss Bonestell,
the Edwards girls, Cahill and Haney made up the rest.  Talk
music and singing   Eliza s good contralto voice prominent in the
latter.  Some attempts at dancing, Cahill taking a turn or two
with the girls.
  26.  Friday.  Down town.  To Haney s, Post Office and
Ferris   didn t see Pounden at the latter place.  Pic Office.
Return and drawing steadily til 9 or later.  A whole
batch of notions for the Harpers   if they like to have  em.
  Story illustrative of Mrs Gouverneur s habits of lying and
theft.   She was riding in a city car with the child, May, and inqui-
red May s age.  Under five!   Why, ma,  says May,
when they got out,  I m nearly six.   Why did you tell that
falsehood?  asks Mrs Potter.  I never saw such a fool
as you are!  was the reply.   Mrs Gouverneur saved
just two cents by the lie.   Further on, she took a plum
or apple or the like, at a shop at which they called.
May at the next fruit-stall plunged her little fists
into a basket-full of pea-nuts, and went dancing off!
  27. Saturdy.  A letter from George Bolton.  He
writes expressing a regard for me which touches me; as usual
a little morbidly about the future, yet with a flowingly-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ten
Description:Tells a story about Mrs. Gouverneur lying about her daughter May's age to save money on a city car.
Date:1858-03-24
Subject:Arnold, George; Bolton, George; Bonestal, Miss; Cahill, Frank; Children; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank; Women; Wood, John A.
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.