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Irish friend is licked rather often.   He pockets it, too.
I never heard of his licking anybody excepting an old man
employed about the Times Office, four or five years ago,
who objected to being  ordered about  by O B.
  21.  Monday.   Phonography.  Drawing.  Writing to
Hannah at night.   Did not stir out, except to the end of
the street, all day.   A perfect tornado raging in the after-
noon, in which churches and buildings were blown down, trees
up-rooted and people killed.
  22.  Tuesday.  Down town.   To Harper s, Leslie s, Post
& Pic Offices, returning up town per omnibus.  Knees
much swollen still.     Went to see the Jewell s in the evening.
  23.  Wednesday.   Wrote to Alf Waud, inclosing $8 from
the Harpers.   Gun and Cahill lazying abed till 11, after
their fashion, and grinning   in the adjoining room   over
(probably) their last night s drink.  (I don t know this, how-
ever.)   Writing, Phonography, &c.  Down town in the after-
noon.   Met  Fanny  and Grace, with whom I walked a block
or two.  Fanny spake of a recent escapade of hers.   How she
had put on a suit of  Jim s  clothes, and accompanied him in
an evening s ramble through New York, dropping into a
lager bier cellar, billiard room, &c and got weighed in
a street-machine!     Grace, too, had ventured on a mild pro-
menade a la Amazon, in Brooklyn.           Very American.
To F. Leslie s, proof correcting.   Pic Office.  Met Thomson.
Return.   To bed early, in pain; knees still sprained and
swollen, and liver apparently pressing against ribs, so that
when I expand my chest I experience a sharp, burning ache.
24.	Thursday.  Phonography.  Down town between 12
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern's tales of walking through New York in men's clothing.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Cahill, Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Frank; Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
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.