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to vertigo or giddiness, and on coming up-stairs
have to hold on to the banisters, to prevent falling.
Teeth are yet sore, Doctor awhile at Saratoga,
leaving me temporarily in charge of another, and so
matters rest at present.                  Had a letter from
Dick Bolton wanting me to meet him at Niagara on
the last day of the month, he being on his way to visit
George and the Conworths .     I project doing the same
in three weeks time or so   not yet.      Have done some
work   a drawing or two for Harper s, more for Ha-
ney.     Went over to Parton s on Sunday, the 18th.
The Thompson s and Wells there in the evening.    Grace
with her hair cut short, her mother in similar train.
This they did to facilitate a visit to New York one night
Dressed  a la Amazon, in company with Parton.   A very
unwise business, not to speak of the delicacy of it.  It might
have produced unpleasant consequences, for going into a
saloon   Florence s, or some such place   the disguise
didn t deceive some man present (probably a policeman
in regular attendance) and he, stepping up to Parton,
told him that  he d better take them gals away, or he
might get into trouble!!!   So they had to avail them-
selves of a passing omnibus and cut.     Another adventure
Fanny told with great gusto.    She got into a street weighing-
machine, to ascertain her weight, and not taking her feet
from the ground the proprietor caught hold of her leg to
hold it up!      In the Brooklyn cars Grace forgot herself
and addressed her mamma as  mother!    They were
recognized by some neighbour, who mentioned the circum-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern and her daughter Grace dressing like men and going to New York.
Date:1858-07-31
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Richard; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward; 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.