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and Patten were there also, with the husband of the
former.  A dismally rainy morning.   Aboard for half
an hour during which time Martin appeared.  General
good byes and the vessel steamed off.  Saw Cyrus Field
the man of the Ocean Telgraph, he being there to see some-
body off.   A tallish, spare, keen looking, fair-haired
individual with a strongly characteristic American face
  such a one as a caricaturist might easily exaggerate into
the type-countenance of Brother Jonathan.  Altogether a
handsome face.   He had white pants and an umbrella,
and stood in the rain beside me watching the vessel move
out.         Called at Pounden s store.    Return up town,
damp and dirty and tired out.          Rain all day and a
perfect storm of it at night.                          There s a very
general expression of regret and regard at Mrs Church s
departure, in which I share.    She is just the truest lady
and best bred woman I have ever encountered.  She comes
of good stock, her father being a Kentucky gentleman of
birth and breeding, once U.S. Counsul to some town (I think
Marseilles) in France   though that wouldn t necessarily
arrogate any superiority in the social scale   and as I
judge by her description a man of singularly honorable,
kindly and refined nature   one of a class that did ex-
ist in this country in the last generation.   Her mother
was an Englishwoman and very handsome if her minia-
ture may be trusted.     Mrs Church herself was born in
Paris.    The family evidently moved in the best society,
many of the celebrated persons of the epoch being known
to it.    Mr Church lived in Paris with Washington Irving,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Regarding Mrs. Church's departure for Europe.
Date:1858-09-04
Subject:Church; Church, Mrs.; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eldredge; Eldredge, Mrs.; Field, Cyrus W.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irving, Washington; Martin, Professor; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank
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.