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will live.        Hither and thither.   Bob Gun
in the Pic Office, at his usual amusement, directing
wrappers.   No money from him, of course.   Up town.
A letter from Hannah awaiting me, intimating that
Mrs Neff, little Gazey s sister, had arrived, was at
39th street, with the home parcel for me.   Went there
at night   cars up to the 28th, miry walk the rest.  She
was at the house of a Mr Edwards, a Banbury-born
butcher   his private house.     A homely, well spoken
woman, not unlike her brother in the face, his junior
by some years.   She came to this country a score of
years ago, a first husband having failed in business;
is now married to an American, and like him is a 
Mormon.   They dwelt in Salt Lake some ten years
more or less, and are going to return to it, having
land there.   He will join her here in New York,
from Iowa.   They have sons and daughters, married.
She went to England to secure property accruing to her
from the death of her              , and this later voyage
is her sixth time of crossing the Atlantic.   Much
talk about the Chacombe folks, and the Boltons.
Some about the Mormons.  She spake sensibly
about them, moderately, said they were, generally,
good, industrious, hospitable people, and much unjust
prejudice and lying unfairly directed against them.
Very self-possessed the woman was, decent-looking, 
friendly and sociable.    My Hannah had slept
with her and inquired much about the  Latter-day
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Describes a conversation with Mrs. Neff about common acquaintances and Mormons.
Date:1859-04-12
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Edwards, Richard; Gazey; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mormons; Neff, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):28th Street; 39th 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.