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sed if he anticipated us &c.    This is an old
dodge of O Brien s.   His wide-eyed, confident  My dear
fellow, it s been done before!  or  I had precisely the same
idea!  was so well known that Arnold and Cahill used
to play upon it by informing him of improbable plots for
plays which they (never) intended to write, when it always
appeared that O B s luxuriant imagination had anticipated
them!         Not that the idea of sketching the eating-houses
of New York is a very out of the way one   anybody might
have hit upon it.   But  tis a pet trick of O Brien s.
Up town. Writing.     /    Rawson has told Mrs Potter that
he thinks his mother is going to get married.  /            The
want of discrimination in judgment of character in one
style of women is curious.       There was talk to-day over
the breakfast table of the expose of the  Swill-milk  business
in Frank Leslie s paper.   Mrs Potter let fall a remark
intimating that nothing could be true coming from that source.
She has heard us talking of F. L. at table, that his real
name s Bob Carter &c and   consequently   thinks it equally
due to her sense of morality and judgment to come to that
conclusion!   Exquisite feminine logic!   And she plumes
herself on it, too!            Some time back all the women in
the house went Spiritual Medium-izing, being bitten, in the
first place by Mrs Patten.    Mrs Potter went in for it,
going more than once as bottle-holder to others.   And certainly
the accounts they brought back of the woman   Mrs Porter s
  performances were singular.    She spelt out names, told
some particulars of lives &c amid a good deal of nonsense,
vulgarity and occasional obscenity.    It was quite the topic
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty
Description:Regarding the women in his boarding house visiting a spiritual medium.
Date:1858-05-04
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; O'Brien, Fitz James; Patten, Willis; Porter, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Spiritualism; Women
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.