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does daily worship, the other accepting and
reciprocating in a much more temperate degree.  There s 
something in the knowledge that we possess unlimited sway 
over another which few have the generosity not to abuse.
  I ve got and answered a letter from Dillon.  Cor-
dial, matrimonial, invitational.            Fay Robinson,
whom I knew by sight, and once boarded with (when
companioned by Brightly and Damoreau) is dead,
poisoned at a 14th St Boarding-house.  The cook
an  ugly-tempered  Irishwoman had quarreled with
her mistress, so she mixed arsenic in the coffee ser-
ved up for breakfast to all the inmates of the establish
ment. (Nice people, the Irish!)  Robinson was a bad
lot, generally; got kicked out of the U.S. service for
lying, his irreclaimable vice.  He possessed others
too, and his constitution was perfectly used up as
Dixon tells me.   Dixon knew him at Havana and
since.     The portrait of Robinson resembles him as he
may have appeared in his better days, of late he looked
everyway worse.   That  exquisitely pretty child which
I recollect so well as living with him and his wife
he claimed paternity too   said she was a bastard
of his   which I then credited, but Dixon considers
it a lie   declares the man couldn t beget children.
Fay was known well enough in New York, and had
a questionable reputation   used to sponge, borrow money
and drink, had delirium tremens, I think once or twice.
  I ve dropt into Howell s of nights now and then,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and sixty-seven
Description:Regarding the death of Fay Robinson by poison.
Date:1859-04-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brightly; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dixon, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Robinson, Fayette; Robinson, Fayette, Mrs.; Robinson, Miss; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):14th Street
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.