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near to becoming a mother.  The girl was mar-
ried too young.
  19.  Sunday.  Stayed till after dinner.  Mrs P.
didn t appear, being indisposed.   Grace showed me a
daguerreotype of herself in male costume which she intend-
ed to give Nelly on her birthday   to morrow.  She looked
very pretty, in a Scotch cap.     To Pounden s.  There
till 6 1/2, then to New York and Chapin s Church.
  20.  Monday.  Writing P.G. and letters to Mary Anne,
George Bolton and Heylyn   the latter for intelligence of
Rochester steam-boats, chancing his being extant and there.
Out in the afternoon.  Writing at evening.
  21.  Tuesday.  To Harper s.    Story rejected.  Writing
in the evening.  I d been just a trifle matagrabolized
by the morning s disappointment, was getting philosophic
about it, when going into Leslie s room, he happened
to do a little despondency, saying he wasn t happy.  Now
compared to him, pecuniarily, I m an exceedingly poor 
devil   it struck me very funnily to think that here
was he with his thousands, enough to gratify every
moderate want and over, meeting me on the same blue-
devil platforms   my trouble being that I had ^|not| got a
poor $30 or so for story.       A jolly good laugh cleared
the air, and I did a good evening s work afterwards.
  22.  Wednesday.  To Fartorville, Staten Island,
with intent to see Corbyn.  He out fishing, so had to
return.   A sunny, windy, autumn day.    Writing.  A
whiskey-tod towards midnight with Leslie, Gun, Ken-
dal and Mac Ewen in the formers room, where they were
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and seven
Description:Describes a talk with William Leslie about each of them being unhappy.
Date:1858-09-18
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Corbyn, Wardle; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Kendall; Leslie, William; MacEwen; Pounden, Frank; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Wealth; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Brooklyn, 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.