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all have to flit to another residence by
the first of May, and talk of Brooklyn.
  To the End of the Month, and the fifth of
April, inclusive.   Have been occupied, principally,
by Omnibus work, and very busy, only now achieving
leisure to score up matters.   Have written to my
mother and to Hannah and kept to Phonography
pretty regularly.         Parton and family have got
over to New York; I have not yet visited them.  Met
Mort some days ago in Broadway, he soon about to
start for Detroit to report a great billiard match. A
very kindly fellow with much growing self-assertion
naturally induced by success.    His temperament un-
fits him for the heroically dull work of following his
daily routine with wounded affections and a bleeding
memory, when one excitement fails him he must
fly off to another.     Well: he may be half right!
The world has enough of sorrow in it without nursing
it.   But it seems cruel to be forgetting that pretty
simple face so soon.    To be sure she was not
clever   could even believe in Allie Vernon, from
whom shrewder women would shrink instinctively   but
then her innocence, prettiness and affection deserved
longer widowhood.     Mort was coddled by both her
and his mother; they thought him the finest fellow in
the world.       I have observed, in life, much of this
  never any case of mutual ardor.  Either the man
or woman enshrines the other in the inmost heart and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Regarding Mort Thomson moving on after his wife Anna's death.
Date:1859-03-28
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.