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he was doing nothing particular just now, had been keep-
ing books.  Pelly  was in North Carolina.   He has left the
old man too.  He (Fred) knew nothing about him, hadn t
seen him for three   six   years.   The old man was no kind
of a man to get along with   if he d had any common sense
&c.    I asked if he d tried to remain with his father.  Well,
not much!  said he with a bad, Irish laugh   one com-
ing from a corrupt and selfish heart.    Then he began to talk
about my book which he d read, and presently crossed Broad
way and took himself off.     The last time I met him   a year
or more ago   he wanted my address.   I gave him a wrong
number.   He didn t ask this time.                           In my room
during the evening.     Ill and lonely.
  28.  Saturday.  Down town to Leslie s &c.  Met Oscanyan
near the Post Office.   He didn t wear his fez, had shaved off
his moustache, had a bristly beard of three days growth and
looked generally shabby and dilapidated.  Said he was in want
of something to do.    Decidedly un-oriented circumstances
for a Turk to be encountered under, in a drizzling shower
of rain, in a Yankee metropolis.     Return.  To Doctor in
the afternoon.     Reading &c at night.   Doesticks  up for
a minute or two.
  29.  Sunday.  In doors till evening, then called on
the Jewells.   Selina is married.   It occurred last week
at Philadelphia, where she and her mother have been.
Her husband, a Mr Maltravers, is on his way to New
Orleans, intending to return in a month, and in Novem-
ber she and her mother will go down south with him,
there to remain till spring.   I said something on the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eighty-nine
Description:Mentions that Selina Jewell has married Mr. Maltravers.
Date:1858-08-27
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Blakeman, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Maltravers; Oscanyan; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.