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ked,  swore, refused to sit down, and, in short, created a
jolly row.    People cried  Turn him out!   He s drunk! 
&c.   At length the squall blew over.  Luckily the women were
not seated beside him   he being deaf had got near to the Hatch.
In her subsequent discourse  the spirits  alluded with a little
feminine spite to the charge of a  packed  audience!        The
Brooks   Mrs and Miss   are in town, boarding within a block
or two.  Mrs Church has called on them.   As when they wanted
to resume boarding with Mrs Potter, and made inquiries through
Pierce about rooms, Mrs Church had, at Mrs Potter s request,
written to Mrs Brooks, explaining matter and informing her
that Leslie had threatened to leave &c. of course the business
was discussed on meeting.   Mrs B said that she had supposed
that Mr Leslie had paid attentions to her daughter &c, that
he had solicited her company, saying that he was not much accus-
tomed to ladies society (!) &c, that he ha remarked at parting
 Absence only strengthens love!  (This I believe, though he denies
it, for it s just like him.)   He had been expected to visit them, but
as he didn t come Nina concluded he  was like the rest &c (!)  The
little girl, her mother said didn t care for him   wouldn t have him
&c.  So ends the matter.            Cahill spent an evening at
Sol Eytinge s lately.   He expects to be present at the wedding.  Josey
has left.
  18.  Sunday.  A walk and smoke in Washington Square.
Dropped in at Mr. Jewell s to give  em news of Alf.  Return.  Draw-
ing.  In the evening to Chapin s with Mrs Church.  A noble sermon
and a memorable.   The text  We love him because he first loved us. 
  19.  Monday.  To Harper s through the mild spring rain,
dropping in at Leslie s by the way.  (I had to call four or five
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Tells a story about Willis Patten going to see spiritualist Cora Hatch lecture.
Subject:Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Chapin, E.H.; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hatch, Cora; Jewell; Lectures and lecturing; Leslie, William; Patten, Willis; Pierce; Potter, Mrs.; Religion; Spiritualism; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
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.