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table there was Leslie displaying a $250 diamond
brooch which he had taken as  collaturrral security.  for
$100, of a customer, and speculating whether the man would ever be able to
reclaim it.    Also he was receiving Mrs P s mild joculari-
ties about his  getting rich  as a rich and successful man
does receive such.        This Scotchman, at five and twenty,
has conquered the world, can go to and fro to his wooing,
give his girl handsome presents (not the diamond brooch,
though!) marry when he will and buy a house to live in.
He shows me the letters he writes, and talks after his san-
guine selfish manner of his approaching happiness.
  Ah my loving, faithful Hannah!  Writing for newspa-
pers and drawing caricatures don t pay like liquor-selling.
  10.  Saturday.  To Harpers, saw Bonner; to Leslie s
and Pic Offices.   Up-town, a lovely summery day.  Did a draw-
ing on wood.   To Bellews after dinner, then down town again.
Broadway thronged with pretty women.    Met Welden and
his wife   went in to see a picture of the restoration of the
 Resolute,  Hartstem, the Queen &c.  Down town. Didn t
get any money at either Leslie s or the Pic.   Return.  Met
Wood at Honey s.   Darcy there.   Wood say s that he   Darcy
  is married to Annie Lousdale , otherwise Alice Lowe, 
the woman who created some talk in England ten or fif-
teen years ago, as the mistress of a Lord Frankfort.
He accused her of stealing his jewels.   She subsequently came
out at the Victoria theatre, and six or eight years back
appeared as an actress in New York, under the name
of Anne Lansdale.       Dropped in on Dixon for the evening.
11.	Sunday.   Wood up.  Talk of Sol &c.   Watson the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Regarding William Leslie's financial success in his business.
Date:1858-04-09
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Boardinghouses; Bonner, John; Darcy, John; Dixon, Dr.; Eytinge, Solomon; Frankfort, Lord; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Lousdale, Annie (Alice Lowe); Marriage; Potter, Mrs.; Watson, John; Wealth; Welden, Charles; Welden, Charles, Mrs.; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.