which pleased him mightily. Then he read half an hour
of a lady-contributor s production until I cut it short by
pleading a down town engagement. Omnibus ride thither. To
Constellation Office, left M.S. with printer &c then to Om
nibus office a paper Picton s on, and from the editor of
which I got a letter requesting me to call yesterday. Took
away M.S. to illustrate &c. To Post Office. Then going to
the Nick nax office, heard from Thatcher a sad piece of news.
Doesticks wife Doesticks pretty, good, kind, inno-
cent, little wife is dead. It occurred yesterday, twelve hours
after she had given birth to a son.
I am as sorry for it as one can be for one not of kin
or dearer related. There is not a soul that knows them
but will be saddened by the news. Aged 18 years and two
days. Poor child! married too young perchance! And
poor, poor Mort! He loved her very dearly and had known
her from a child.
These things knock one painfully. It s all well with
her, though. I wish to God I could have died as young and
as innocent. To Pic Office and with
Wood to Crooks where we found Gun and Mc Lenan.
Up Broadway to the little office, left Wood there and
to Bleecker. In-doors all the afternoon. Went to see the
Jewells in the evening.
24. Friday. Writing awhile, going down town at noon,
calling for Haney at the Courier office and with him to Brook
lyn. A cold, clear, bright day, the sun shining cheerily
and we were bound to Chips funeral. Talking of her
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-one|
|Description:||Regarding hearing about the death of Mort Thomson's wife from Thatcher.|
|Subject:||Benjamin, Park; Childbirth; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; McLenan, John; Thatcher; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Jr.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|Coverage (Street):||Bleecker Street; Broadway|
|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.|