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ployed about the Niagara house, was on his way to
Minnesota, and preferred gratifying his feelings by giving
away the bird to the pretty girl to selling it.   He had, no
doubt seen me at the house.    I thought this a pleasant in-
cident and complimented him heartily on his good taste.
To Rochester by 5  .   Heylyn was out on my arrival
but soon returned.   Mrs H. as usual.        To the Arcade
to visit Warne at night.    Drinking hock in a tavern with
him, Heylyn, two Englishmen and two Rochesterians sub-
sequently.     Back to boarding-house by 10, a glass of punch
and presently to bed   this time sleeping single.
  16.  Saturday.  To Arcade again.  Good bye to Warne
and anon to Heylyn, I going via Corming to Elmira,
by a cross rail-road from the Central to the Erie
lines.     A wettish day.   Reached Elmira by about 6.
Inquired Mr Strong s house.      A handsome, porticoed,
Ionic building standing isolated, pleanty of ground about
it.   Found the family at supper, Mrs and Mrs Strong,
six children, and   the objects of my visit   old Mr El-
dredge ^|his wife| and his little granddaughter Jenny.   Invited to
partake   to stop all night   it being arranged that Mr
Eldredge should call for me on the morrow, and drive
me down to his farm.        Extremely hospitable people, as
all have proved.  Went up-stairs after supper and civi-
lized myself as to costume.     Talked with Mrs Strong
till her husbands return from a political meeting.  (Mrs
S. is Mr Eldredge eldest daughter, sister to Jenny s fa-
ther)  Out with Strong.       He proved a very friendly man,
had crossed the Atlantic half a dozen times  travelled
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Describes a visit to the Strongs and the Eldredges at Elmira, New York.
Subject:Eldredge, Jenny; Eldredge, Sr.; Eldredge, Sr., Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Strong (Elmira); Strong, Mrs. (Elmira); Warne (Rochester)
Coverage (City/State):Rochester, [New York]; Elmira, [New York]
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.