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explained it by saying his customers  presence
worried him and he locked himself in to avoid them.
  Haney says Mort is sadly changed.  Cahill, by the bye,
goes over to live with the Thomsons   Mort has work for
him to do.       To night there s a return-party at
Oxford St, the Edwards  and all the folks going.
I got an invite through Haney, but didn t  feel like
going.   Am rather low-spirited. Yester-evening, in
return for a perfectly courteous and good-humored re-
monstrance about an unimportant matter (coals dis-
proportioned to my stove being supplied, with the result
of it s not warming the room and necessitating inflicting
the job of lighting it again by the already overworked
servant)  I received from the woman of this house a
cowardly insult.   I owed her $25..25.  She hinted
at this as only a low, mean nature can hint.  Now
I am never an hour in debt without being more or less
morbidly alive to it, I have lived here three years,
for the most part paying promptly, and she knows how
sickness and ill-luck have pressed me this year.   I rai-
sed the money to-day   not by borrowing   and paid
her her damned pound of flesh without a word.  But
the affair has temporarily knocked all cheerful
spirits out of me.  So I sit alone, at work, and the
twice-lit fire burning with a gusty noise.  I couldn t
be mirthful at Parton s to night.  Though God bless
all the folks, there.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page sixty-five
Description:Regarding Mrs. Potter informing him he is behind in his rent.
Date:1858-12-29
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Potter, Mrs.; Rent; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Oxford Street
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.