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back from Buffalo.   She is a very pleasant look-
ing girl, and shows good taste in holding her tongue about
her jilting the lawyer.    He s in good practice but said to
be the ugliest man in the village.    She was regularly enga-
ged to him, and broke off almost at the point of mar-
riage.    Julia, her sister, hated him and her brothers did
not like him.      Apropos of Julia she has been plunging vio-
lently into Spiritualism, singing-being possessed with the
voice of Sontag!   with other feats. She got inoculated from
a down-east family, her neighbours.    Mrs Patten and she
had a regular time of it together.             Now, Julia has been
so furiously chaffed on the subject, that she fights shy of
it.      A great, strapping, good-humored, self willed woman she
is, very frank and amusing.
  15.  Friday.  Good bye to hospitable Niagara folks.
To the Bridge village with Mrs Griffin and Miss Cooper
Packed up carpet bag, dined, and off to Railroad dep t
by noon.   While waiting in the ticket-office a man   a
roughish looking chap   comes in with a handsome, brown,
stuffed eagle, which folks gathered round and admired.
The man related how he had shot the bird.   Folks guessed
as to its value   perhaps he might get $25 for him.  Well,
he d seen the time when less than that would have fetched him,
but no $25 would buy him now.         I had moved to the win-
dow to procure my ticket, when the possessor of the eagle
being beside me, said confidentially  I m going to take him
up to the Falls and to give him to Miss Griffin as a
present.   There are two Miss Griffins  said I    which? 
 Miss Weighty!  says he.     The honest fellow had been em-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Describes meeting a man with a stuffed eagle while waiting for his train.
Date:1858-10-14
Subject:Cooper, Lucia; Griffin, Julia; Griffin, Mrs.; Griffin, Weighty (Davis); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Spiritualism
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, 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.