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of investing it for her &c          Banks and he
quarreled about a  lady- acquaintance, whom O Mana
worked to keep Banks from   so he says.
  16.  Sunday.  With Haney over to Brooklyn -
a coldish sunny day, moist walking.   Grace only at
home, Fanny and  the maiden  gone to Beecher s.  Soon
returned.   Jim left Washington nearly a week ago; 
has had interviews with Houston &c.          Stayed all
day and night, Mort Thomson, Wells and Cahill
coming in the evening.   Mort looks graver and, they say,
talks strangely at times, but I was glad to see him
behave, comparatively, as usual.       We all wrote let-
ters to Jim, at Fanny s suggestion, assuming extreme
drunkenness in composition, and I made an imaginary
inebriated sketch of the party.            The funny char-
acter of many of the letters addressed to the Ledger
being talked of, Grace fetched a batch, which Mort
looked over, culling some for perusal.  One was es-
pecially ludicrous; written from a young vegetarian who
wanted to find a girl of similar principles.  He stated
that his attentions to divers young ladies met encourage-
ment, that one of them had professed herself willing
to conform to his dietary crotchets, but he distrusted
her persistence.  Would she, he asked  be likely to
 turn into a wolf behind his back and Gorge in a Great
Bloody Bone !!!!     In which dreadful contingency he
would be sure to smell her six yards off, and would
not be able to kiss her until she had taken, at least, 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page seventy-eight
Description:Regarding a letter to the ''New York Ledger'' from a young man looking for advice for finding a vegetarian wife.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Cahill, Frank; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); New York ledger.; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.