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cent, keeping any number of  dorgs .  The Irishmen
employed under him present them to cur-ry favor bringing an animal with,
 Misther Bellew, youre a gintleman as understhands him
  take him and kape him, Ser    having refused so many
dollars from a man  as wouldn t appreciate him.   He came
up town with some rats in his pocket one of whom escaped in
the cars, up a man s coat-sleeve and over his shoulder, when
Becket declared that he had trained the animal from its ear-
nest youth and wouldn t have parted with it for any money.
There was quite an excitement in the car.    Previously some
of the vermin had got loose in the Picayune office, besides severe-
ly biting their owners fingers   on which provocation he broke
one of their jaws.  This was the one which escaped in the car.
  29.  Friday. Writing to Boutcher.  A dull, dismal,
rainy day.  Leslie gone to Philadelphia   not a wooing.
  30.  Saturday.  Continuous rain.  To Spring St.
Wrote to Dillon Mapother, and to Hannah.     Haney
has been absent from the house for two days, probably
over in Brooklyn.        Cahill and Gun passed through the
hall, just after supper, and ascended the stairs to the
room of the latter.           Mrs Gouverneur has recei-
ved two letters from Rawson. He is in Mexico, acting as
interpreter for  a company,  complains of his health and
wishes he had gone west.             Mrs G. has also  resolved 
to send both May and Gladdy to separate boarding-schools.
She cannot, says my informant, Mrs Potter, manage either
of them, and the boy knows all his mothers weaknesses
and plays upon them.        These may be the reasons,
or maybe she wants them out of the way, in considera-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and forty-one
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's plans to send her children, May and Gladdy, to boarding school.
Subject:Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Cahill, Frank; Dogs; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Irish; Leslie, William; Mapother, Dillon; Potter, Mrs.; Rats
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Spring Street
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.