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tion of the West Point cadet and probable matrimony.
  31.  Sunday.  A lovely day, warm, soft and
sunny, presenting a cheering contrast to the two pre-
ceding ones.    Wanted a good walk, so crossed to Wil-
liamsburg and explored Davis s residence. He out for
the day, so struck down Myrtle avenue and to Par-
tons.   Fanny  down with one of her headaches, but
rallied by taking a walk in the afternoon.     Ulric
at tea, subsequent to which the Thomsons   all of them
  came, with Ed. Wells.     Escorted them back to their
domicile   all of us   at 10, then returned and to
  1. Monday. Returned to New York, seeing Pounden by the way.
Writing letter to Hannah &c. To Bayard Taylor s lecture in
  2. Tuesday. Drawing &c}     the evening with Haney and Sally
Edwards.  Crowd filled the lecture room at Clinton Hall   had
to adjourn to Cooper Institute.  Subject  Moscow. 
  3.  Wednesday.  Down town.  Met Mrs Jewell   her family
live in this street now, next block. Pounden at supper, sub-
sequently in Leslie s room.  Rain came through my attic
ceiling, through a hole knocked into roof by a fallen chimney-
port, which smashed t other night.  All night drip-
drip, dripping   saturated carpet, some of my clothes & bed!
  4.  Thursday. Rain continued.  In Haney s room, mostly
devoting myself to dog   an acquisition of Haney s.  Black & tan ter-rier.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and forty-two
Description:Mentions a leak in his boarding house roof, and attending a lecture by Bayard Taylor on Moscow.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boardinghouses; Davis; Dogs; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mrs.; Lectures and lecturing; Leslie, William; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Taylor, Bayard; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Ulric; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Myrtle Avenue
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.