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some night, by the substitution of another for the
last letter.       Will s  little wife is sick and he works much
harder    so far matrimony has done him good.   Alf is
keeping house, has four rooms, is comfortable, and talks
of his Christmas dinner to which Hayes and two others
are bidden       Charley Wright is working for  B lu  and Alf
wants to know for what devillry he left New York   I don t
know, and only now recollect his existence.     Finished Hol-
mes article, then off to 17th street.   Park Benjamin just
starting off to lecture in Jersey, looked over the stairs, in
his shirt-sleeves, being packing up.  Seemed very jolly and
hearty.   Returned to dinner and work.    Went to Hillard s
in the evening and had a pleasant smoke and talk with
Oliver and Hitchings.    I m disposed to like the latter
very much.   He is kindly, quiet and has real genius in
landscape-painting.   Stayed till near midnight.
  28.  Tuesday.  A letter from Boutcher.  Hasn t
much to tell of his  monotonous  existence.     Says that the
woman he and Ned rescued from the Thames, on her
precipating herself therein, on the occasion of the departure
of the Wenham which first brought me to this country,
has turned up.     She was sister to the girl Dick Gunn
philandered with, and boasted the title of Baroness d 
Ebro.   Boutcher had some acquaintance with her, subse-
quent to our departure.   I believe her husband, a ques-
tionable Spainard was in the Kings Bench.    Well: she
(writes Boutcher) grows fat, is approaching forty, talks
as of old  groundly,  has got married again and  desires
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page sixty-two
Description:Describes a letter received from William Boutcher.
Subject:Benjamin, Park; Boutcher, William; d'Ebro, Baroness; Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Hillard, Oliver; Hitchings; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.; Wenham (Ship); Wright, Charley
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):17th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.