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ced by Leslie and Anna Bradbury s grinning at
his talking, at table, with Mrs Patten.  Or, I had bet-
ter said, her talking to him.    She sits next to him, is
very loquacious, perfectly honest, I believe, and extremely
kind-hearted. (She s very sympathetic apropos of Mrs
Potter s troubles   lent her $20, which her husband
gave her to devote to riding lessons.)  Young Pounden, too,
when on a call, here, said something worthy of his odious
father to Pierce about Mrs Patten.         Pierce is an extremely
good humored, amiable fellow, rather obese, reddish-
faced, white-haired and looks like a young Millard
Filmore.    He may be midway between 30 and 40.   I
never met a more easy-going man.         I ve alluded
to Anna Bradbury.  A girl of twelve, but so fully
developed that one would suppose her two or three years
older, which may be the case.  It is currently reported
that she is an illegitimate child, and that her father
hasn t attempted to deny it.   She is the most perfect
tom-boy of a girl conceivable, slaps the servants on the
backs, pushes them, mocks them, grimaces at folks,
kicks up rows on the staircase and in the sitting room,
defies old Mrs Cooper s attempts at child-queling, makes
friends with other children in the most boisterous man
ner, initiates them into mischief, will shout from
one side of the street to an acquaintance on the other,
and is, generally, tumultuous, good-humored and
robustious.       No room is sacred from her from at-
tic to kitchen.        She will be flaring up with the ser-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-nine
Description:Regarding 12-year-old Anna Bradbury, who lives in his boarding house.
Date:1858-12-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Anna; Children; Cooper, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Pierce; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.