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rent of his trying to extort money from a
man who declared that he had paid them and would
not pay him.          Up town, called at the St Nicho-
las, Roberts gone to live up-town.   Brought Ross
in to supper.     Wrote all the evening.         Mrs Gou-
verneur was off this morning for Cold Spring at
her brother in laws solicitation, taking with her Miss
Cooper.    I have seen her more than once of late  
talked to her for half an hour in Mrs Patten s room
where I went to borrow a newspaper.   She   Mrs G.  
went through her present course of do-you-think-I-
shall-get-better-am-I-going-to die-what-shall-I-
do solicitations.   I talked earnestly to her, tried
to get her to live a higher life   with as much success
as I expected!       She manifests curious candor, at times.
She acknowledged she did not love or care for anybody
  even her children   to the extent of being interested
in them!         Mrs Patten came out very well in the
colloquy.  There had been a squabble between the two,
but Mrs G. came and subject Mrs P to a similar
course of boredom which the other women in the house
have endured, breaking through temporary non-inter-
course.      Everyway the American is the better wo-
man.   She loved her child, too, though she did want
to prevent it s birth, from dread of pain and respon
sibility.   But in this country no such idea of crimi-
nality is attached to this horror, and though it does
not excuse, it may palliate the intention.    She
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ninety-eight
Description:Mentions that Mrs. Gouverneur has gone to Cold Spring with Miss Cooper.
Date:1859-01-29
Subject:Cooper, Lucia; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Roberts, George; Ross (acquaintance); 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.