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vants in the morning and helping them to carry
up coals at sunset.   She sits beside Leslie at
table, comes tapping at his door of evenings, says
and does the rudest things.  He threatened to kiss
her once.  Then I ll kiss you,  said she.  Mention-
ing some pretty girl s passing, at the window, he
was questioned thus by Miss Precocity  Wouldn t
you like to have her?   This rather dashed my
tall Scotch friend.   He has no scruple in ascribing
some of this horse of a girl s proceedings to rather
precocious desires.   I m so sleepy  said she, in
his room, one night    wouldn t you like to go to bed
with me?     This is rather startling, being as he
says  an actual fact.      He asked her what he should
want to go to bed with her for.               The girl
seems to be under no sort of control   to be let
run wild.        She is so down right and good natured
with all her rudeness that one is loth to augur
ill to her, but, by Jove, if this sort of thing goes
on, she ll come to grief, some day in such an in-
fernal city as New York.         She s tall, has a 
not at all uncomely face (which her quasi step-
mother idiotically supposes the very image of the
Empress Eugenie!   the woman, really, told Mrs
Church that they didn t get the girl s photograph
because the portraits of the wife of Louis Napoleon
would answer for the same!)   plump shoulders
and bust, too much displayed by her low-necked,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty
Description:Regarding 12-year-old Anna Bradbury, who lives in his boarding house, and her step-mother, Mrs. Bradbury.
Date:1858-12-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Children; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; 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.