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she is totally incapable of accepting the little daily
tribulations of life without a world of comment, has no
power of retention or quiet self-respect, indulges in squab-
bles with her husband without any disguise, and always
has innumerable stories to tell you of her neighbours,
with whom she s perpetually in rows.   They always turn
out to be the meanest of people. (This time I was favour-
ed with the relation of how she, to oblige her former land-
lady   whom she had used to quarrel with   had borrow-
ed a black dress of Miss Barr, to help figg somebody out
in costume for attendance at a funeral; how it was
returned torn and muddied, and of the jolly row
which ensued among the women in consequence.   Women
do queer things.   Fancy a man borrowing a pair of pants
from a neighbour, in order to lend  em to somebody else,
for that somebody to go to a funeral in!  /  However Mrs
P. is always extremely hospitable and friendly to me, so I like
her.  Frank, too, sins in the same way   little tiffs make him
swear and blow up.   The mischief of this is, both, though
really fond of each other, acquire an indefinite sense of disap-
pointment in marriage.   I have noticed this both in him and
her.   She has contrasted him before and after, disadvanta-
geously, in appearance and behavior.                     Stayed
all night, they making me up a floor bed in the parlor.
  7.  Saturday.   Return to New York with Pounden.   In
Broadway met Wood hurrying to get bail for Frank Leslie s
who had been arrested again for libel about the Swill Milk
business.    Down town by 4, to his office, in the hope to get
some money.  Didn t.    Found Bellew, Thomson, Sol
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Regarding Frank Pounden's marriage.
Subject:Barr, Mary; Bellew, Frank; Clothing and dress; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Marriage; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.