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ty & unjustice of not paying me.
  There s a strange man of decidedly plebeian
aspect and manners occupying the room next to mine,
the one Cahill had.   I had at first confounded
him with some friend of Mrs Gouverneurs, I believe
her brother-in-law, who remained here one night.  So
chancing to rally her a little, at supper (she sits
beside me) touching the presumed identity of this in-
dividual with the enamored West Pointer, she
was so stirred by  the idea  as to put her face to
mine (so close that her cheek and nose touched my
countenance) and inform me that the man is a 
sheriffs officer, put in the house on Mrs Potter s,
or rather her landlord s account.   Poor woman!
Here s something that Cahill and similar  debtors 
had a hand in.  There s always cruel wrong at
the back of such doings.
  22.  Tuesday.  Phonography &c till noon, then
down town, hither & thither, to tailor s, Pic
office (got $6) to Omnibus, Constellation, Wells
& Webb s, Nic-nax &c; return with pockets full
of papers, pencils &c.   A letter from my mother and
from Rosa.     My mother has been ill, is recovered
or nearly so.   My uncle William visited her during
her sickness,  looks older and care-worn.   Eleven
children and wife always ill.     Aunt Anna  obli-
gated to hide herself from  her villain of a husband;
he does nothing for the children,   poor, handsome
Aunt Annie, what a drop down from Golden Square
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Regarding a sheriff's officer living in his boarding house.
Date:1859-02-21
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapleson; Mapleson, Anna; Police; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.