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for it s diminutive size.     Thus and more Alf Waud.
He has done right and well in sending money to his mother.
There is also, on the margin of the letter a sketch of a pe-
culiarly bedraggled and wretched-looking rooster with Sol s head
on it.)   Down town.    Evening drawing till midnight.
  15.  Thursday.  Down town in the afternoon.   In the eve-
ning with Mrs Church to Mozart Hall to hear Chapin lecture.
Drawing afterwards.
  16.  Friday.  Down town, to Harper s, Leslie s, Post Office
&c.   Return.  To Bellew s at sunset.  Phonography at night.
  17.  Saturday.  Down town all the forenoon and longer,
worrying about getting money.   Missed Bonner again.  To Pic,
Leslie s & Post Offices.    Return.   Chores and Phonography
at night   all the day wasted beside.            Characteristic
anecdote of old Patten.   He took Miss Cooper and Mrs Church
last night to hear Cora Hatch   a Spiritualist Medium    a 
woman whom he s fond of hearing   saying that her language
is the  most beautiful  he ever head and that  she gets off
a prayer as smooth as oil !    The woman wears her long flax-
en hair about her ears, has photographs of herself in Broad-
way and is   of course   a New Englander.  Her husband
exhibits for at fifteen cents a head.    The husbands of these
women must be nice men   particularly so.    Well, the audience
were requested to select a subject and som^|e|body nominated
Patten as one of a committee of three to decide.    They suggest-
Ed  Miracles .      On stating this, it appeared that the Hatch
had lectured repeatedly on the subject, so  twas overruled
by the audience, in which old Patten got savage.   He denoun-
ced the whole thing as a humbug, said the audience were  pac-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Tells a story about Willis Patten going to see spiritualist Cora Hatch lecture.
Date:1858-04-14
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bonner, John; Chapin, E.H.; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Cooper, Lucia; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hatch, Cora; Lectures and lecturing; Patten, Willis; Spiritualism; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Mozart Hall
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.