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Talk, punch, cigars, gambols, boxing (!)
(I had the gloves on with Cahill and got a  noser 
which drew the  claret !)   Kept it up till 1 or so.
  Story of Richard Grant White,  Shakspeare s
scholar  and editor.    He borrowed $1,800 of
Matilda Heron and wont pay her.   Not the first
Scoundrelism of that sort he has been guilty of.
  25.  Friday.  To New York, by 10  , Haney
preceding me.  To Omnibus, Constellation, Pic
and Nicnax offices.   Roberts talked of Benjamin s
approaching departure from the paper   said he had
furnished but two original editorials on it.   I got
no money from Roberts.  Up town, after meeting
Banks, and getting a lot of blocks, from Philadel-
phia.   Looked in at Rudd and Carleton s.     A
snowy, soft day.   Drawing the rest of the day, till
midnight.                    We ve had three men through the
house taking an inventory of the furniture, Mrs 
Potter accompanying them.    She was rather jolly than
otherwise, and seems to look forwards to her approach
ing break up with pleasurable anticipation.   She intends
rusticating during the summer, going to Providence,
to visit her dead uncle s relatives whom she has never
seen, to Niagara, and probably, to Mrs Gourverneurs,
if that woman s wits hold out.   The furniture is
to be sold off by auction.      One thing I notice, as to 
the unveracity of Mrs P and a large class of which she
is a representative.    When the current flam about
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Regarding Mrs. Potter preparing to lose her boarding house.
Date:1859-02-24
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Benjamin, Park; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Constellation.; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Heron, Matilda; Potter, Mrs.; Roberts, George; White, Richard Grant; 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.