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book, then to sleep.
  18.  Monday.  To Elmira with Mr Eldredge, in wagon.
To Mr Strongs  office. He off to Corning.   While waiting at
a shop door for Mr E.  I chanced to overhear an odious
and singular piece of blasphemy, on the part of a man who
was denouncing a third person to a companion.   Said he
 I m as far ahead of him as J___s C____t is of the devil! 
repeating it again and again, as though he had found quite an
opposite illustration.         To Mr Strong s house.   Packed
carpet-bag, donned travelling dress again, and was hastily
driven to dep t by Mr Eldredge.  About an hour too soon
as usual.      Off by 12. 5.     A lovely day.  Way-side foli-
age beautiful.  Nature can t even effect dissolution and
decay without beauty.   This N.Y and Erie is the most
picturesque railroad in the U. S. I should think.   Had
a row with book pedlar who wanted to clear me out of my
sear   I was as much in the wrong as he   on reflection
gave him seat.   Got to New York by 10  ; rode up to
Bleecker St in omnibus; let myself in, saw light un-
der Leslie s room, went in, found him an Gladdy.
Learnt that Mrs Gouverneur was in the house, having come
back with old Mrs Cooper.      Out for an oyster stew, then
to bed.
  19.  Tuesday. I find the house quite full of folks. There
is a new family   American father, good looking black-hai-
red Jewish mother and three children   boys.   Mrs Gou-
verneur is only here for the day.  She sat opposite me
at breakfast this morning and gave me a soft  Good
morning, Mr Gunn!  (I d made up my mind not to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes his journey by railroad from Elimira to New York.
Date:1858-10-17
Subject:Cooper, Mrs.; Eldredge, Sr.; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Railroad; Strong (Elmira); Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Elmira, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.