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evening at the Edwards  with the girls and Haney.
  20.  Wednesday.  Down town.  To Frank Leslie s, saw
Wood.   He s been to Canada of late to visit a brother.  Sol
Eytinge wanted to go to sketch the fight   for the so-called
championship, between the Americo-Irish pugilists hight
Morrissey and Heenan   which is making a great sensation
Here   but Leslie wouldnt come down with $100 which
he demanded for expenses.   So little Nast went. Thomson
goes to report for the Tribune.      Talking of Cahill, Wood
told how, one night, he being drunk and desirous to escape
to  his girl  got out of Bob Gunns window on to the portico
  a high and dangerous one!        Hither and thither, retur-
ning to dinner.       Chores and writing.
  21.  Thursday.  Very busy.   Mrs Eldredge, Jenny, Mrs
Strong and two of her children arrived   the latter party
don t stay here.      Last night, went to Mrs Carpenter s
  sister of Mrs Potter and Griffin   having a commision
from the latter.
  22.  Friday.  Wet.  In-doors drawing all day.  Sub-
jects for Nic-nax.
  23.  Saturday.  Down town calls.   Met O Brien
and anon Tom Picton with Raymond   not the Times edi-
tor but a friend of Bellews.       Hither and thither, Post-
Office, tailors, and other places.    Writing in the after-
noon.       Have just scored up the last twenty pages   or
rather finished doing so, being on and off it for the last
four days.      Writing to Mrs Church at night.   Found Gun
in Leslie s room by 11 and presently Cahill came.  I pre
sume he shared Gun s bed subsequently.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Describes the fight between Heenan and Morissey, which is causing a sensation.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Carpenter, Mrs.; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge, Jenny; Eldredge, Mrs.; Eytinge, Solomon; Griffin, Mrs.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Heenan, John C.; Leslie, Frank; Leslie, William; Morrissey, John; Nast, Thomas; O'Brien, Fitz James; Picton, Thomas; Potter, Mrs.; Raymond (acquaintance); Strong, Mrs. (Elmira); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.