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like the latters  writings? why do Guinea savages
like putrid fish.                    The slap-dash vulgarity,
the coarse, passioned appeals to prejudices and un-
worthy feelings, the rowdy vindictiveness, the implied
indecency and the glaring egotism   there, with the
sprinkling of real talent, lie the attractions!
  Apropos of Mort s wooing Grace, here s an observation
I ve got out of it: If a man have any inherent flaw
in him, events are always, in due time brought to
bear upon it.
  {Up to Monday       The Bradburys leave the house
  28 of March}       to-day, there having occurred a
row between Mrs B and Mrs P.   One commented un-
favorably on the eggs for breakfast,  tother   the boar-
ding-house woman   cackled about her to the  lady -
boarders   Anna carried report to her mother   and
a jolly row ensued, with the above result.   Anna, by
the bye has been comporting herself after a stronger
fashion than usual; decoying the young Kings into
the bath-room (which is also a water closet) inducing
one of them to put his hand down her bosom ( way
down,  he said) and subsequently writing up demi-inde-
cencies about his  cock-a-doodle  on the window-panes.
A promising girl, truly!  She asked Leslie whether he
wouldn t like to sleep with her!      The story goes that
her mother was a washerwoman.  Old Bradbury when
he wants anything at table nudges you and points
to it, addressing you as  Mister !   indulging also in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Regarding the departure of the Bradburys from his boarding house after a row between Mrs. Bradbury and Mrs. Potter.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Boardinghouses; Children; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.