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  24.  Wednesday.  Down town, hither and thither,
Post, Pic Offices & Strongs.  Got $3 for cut.   A
raw, disagreable day, felt unpleasant, rainyish, out
of sorts.     Writing.    To Hillards (for left gloves) in
the evening   met Oliver & Hitchings.   Back, leaving
them at Washington Square.    Writing   commenced
article on  Autocrat of the Breakfast-table,  with
intent to take it to Tribune.
  25.  Thursday.  Down town early for paper &c, back
by 9.  Writing all the long, healthy day, in eager spirits.
  By the bye I met Corbyn in coming up town.)   At
our supper table resumed friendly (!) relations with
Mrs Gouverneur again and got to chaffing her for
half an hour, as usual.         Called on Mrs Jewell
and encountered little Nina Brooks in the boarding-
house parlor.   Went to Mercantile Institution and
heard fifteen minutes of J. G. Saxe s poem  Love  as
read by himself.    Trash.  He s a bogus Tom Hood made
up of cinders and tea leaves.        Went to Edwards, 
found Haney there with the girls   the nice, kind,
good, pleasant faced girls.     Haney had just re-
turned from a day at Sing-Sing prison, underta-
ken in company with Smith of the Sunday Courier.
Among the other prisoners he saw, for a minute or
so, John B. Holmes.         He says the man looks bro-
ken-hearted.   He s in for fifteen years.      I couldn t
help being touched by Haney s description of the man s
look and the sound of his voice, as they entered the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page nineteen
Description:Mentions going to see J. G. Saxe read his poem ''Love,'' and a talk with Jesse Haney about Haney's visit to the Sing-Sing prison.
Date:1858-11-24
Subject:Brooks, Nina; Corbyn, Wardle; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hillard, Frank; Hillard, Oliver; Hitchings; Holmes, John B.; Jewell, Mrs.; Prisoners; Saxe, J.G.; Smith, James L.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.