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to the store of Pounden s employers.   He has returned from
Long Branch.   Saw him.    Talk of his father.  From the
son s account, that odious Irishman has been continually bleed-
ing him of money, denying getting the same to his wife, Poun-
den s mother, hence involving her in feud with him, as she
believes in her husband.   He has also been lying about his son,
in every direction, doubting his marriage and disparaging his
child as a bastard.  Further he went over to Brooklyn during
Pounden s Port au Prince trip, disgustingly drunk and said
the same agreable things to Mrs P.  He went to Pounden s em-
ployers and said in his beastly Irish way,  I m informed Mr
Ferris, Frank has left his wife without any resources   that
she s entirely destitute.   This being contradicted.  I m glad to
hear ye say so.  Ye ll not say a word about it to him.  To
somebody else he spake of Bligh having to relieve Mrs B.   The
whole story invented by his dirty, low, foolish, cunning, Irish
self.      Pounden agreed to give him $15 or $18 just ere he em-
barked for the Tropics, on the understanding that his amiable
progenitor was to return to Ireland.    He got the money and
didn t go.    A letter containing a money order came to the Fer-
ris s   money order visible through envelope.   Pere lied about
its contents.     Thus the son s story.   He says his father
was a respectable creature eight years ago.   It would be diffi-
cult to conceive a more repulsive animal now.
  There s a governess stopping here, for a month s vaca-
tion.   In novels most of the class are reduced gentlewomen
and persecuted angels, but I never met one of these in 
life.      This one s talk shows a strong desire to let you
know how much she knows, how, above the generality of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Regarding a feud within the Pounden family.
Subject:Bligh, Robert; Ferris; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Pounden; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; 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.