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tently about a dirty $2 that the woman sent hi-
ther and thither among the boarders to borrow it, and fi-
nally out of the house, to Eldredge, her niece s husband, 
at his store.    And all under pretext of wanting to buy can-
dy for May.   Which little wretch with her hair cut
short, slimmer-looking, and with something of a sallow shade
under her eyes is about as usual, demanding pickles and
everything unwholesome at meals, coming up-stairs and
into my room with that horse of a girl Anna Bradbury,
and laughing when anything is said of her mother s sickness.
The mother wants to get rid of her   to give her to some-
body to bring up   says she can t manage her.   Her suf-
fering   that s real enough sans question   has driven all
else but Self, Self, Self out of her head.    The boy
Gladdy, too, specious, civil, false youth, is working out his
own theory of life.    He prefers shooting, loafing, idling
to school, lives with the family who take care of his
mother s house, and is now, for a day or so staying
here.   He plies you with questions about cadetship in
the English army, under the impression that it would be
an idle, prettily dressed, highly-paid life!  Rawson lives
with the Martins    the mother willing that he should do
so any where, but at her expense.   The fellow talks of
getting some honest mercantile avocation in New York.
He saw some hard times, on the survey, in Mexico, inclu-
ding gallinippers, rain, hunger, exposure and the like.
Stood it pretty well too, so he says, though not sorry to
come back, leaving the expedition.    His mother clutches
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eighty-nine
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur and her children.
Date:1859-01-25
Subject:Bradbury, Anna; Children; Eldredge; Eldredge, Mrs.; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; 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.