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stance to others.                   The family, now, with the
exception of Nelly who stays with the Thomsons are
on a Canadian and eastern tour.                 We have some
changes in our boarding-house.      Miss Cooper, Mrs Pot-
ter s sister has returned to Niagara.    Mrs Eldredge and
child are on a visit to Elmira.    Rawson Gill is off to Nic-
aragua again, having, he says, got a berth this time. The
chap came up to say good bye to me ere starting.   His bitch
of a mother had almost discarded him.    I hear nothing of
her except that she has not got married.   Patten s baby
is like to die.     The father waxes more of a hog than ever,
and on more than one occasion has actually insulted all the
persons present at the dinner table, on the usual Anglo-
phobic question.  There s a feud between him and the nasty
Irishman Pounden pere.   He is as usual, gets drunk,
does nothing and lives on his wife.   She goes teaching, daily,
to Staten Island, and is a good though narrow-minded
woman.     She believes in her pig of a husband, laughs at
his jokes, quotes his opinions and considers him a decided-
ly agreable and facetious person.      The man is so odious
that everybody detests him.       Mrs Church goes to Eu-
rope in three weeks.   On the last day of this month she
went to see Washington Irving, an old friend of her fath-
ers, as of herself.   She had a delightful day at Sunny-
side, and told me some particulars.        We have a fa-
mily of new Boarders, a Mr Bradbury, wife and daugh-
ter.   He, a good sort of north-of England man with
an accent sounding very Yorkshire, his wife an American
and nothing particular, their daughter a girl of 13
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventy
Description:Gives news of the people living in his boarding house, including Patten, Pounden, and Mrs. Church.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Cooper, Lucia; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eldredge, Mrs.; Fern, Fanny; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irving, Washington; Parton, James; Patten, Willis; Pounden; Pounden, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.