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presents are no such loving knick-knackeries.
Sundry shears, a knife, a book on farriery &c.
  13.  Wednesay.  Writing, phonography &c in the
forenoon.   Letters to George Bolton & Dillon.  Down
town in the afternoon, to Century & Post Offices.  Return-
ing met Banks & Wild, severally.    Writing.   Out at
night with Leslie.     He has been temporarily thrown out
of employment of evenings, by Miss Fisher and her mothers
leaving the house for the country.   The girl was not un-
pleasant looking, had nice hair, but also a flat chest  
being  delicate  id est consumptive and subject to bleed-
ing at the lungs.         With her Leslie philandered after his
clumsy style, commencing by sitting in the parlor, of nights
and becoming unnaturally interested in old Mrs Cooper s
cackle   when the girl was present.      They then got to
whist, with Mrs Pot and Miss Pierson.  The susceptible
Scotchman had advanced as far as jocularity proposing
a visit to the theatre (with the girl   omitting her mam-
ma for confidential or economic reasons, or both) when
they left.    Leslie s the biggest boy I know in affairs
of this sort.   All afire after a petticoat at first, then
subject to an ague-fit of backing-out and dread of having
committed himself, when he flounders in the absurdest
manner.   Withal he believes himself to be very much
of a favorite with  the ladies    perhaps is so.    He half-
reckons on his money affording him this species of enter-
tainment, and it does   with one sort of girls.   But
to mark how thoroughly and ingrainedly selfish the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and eighty
Description:Regarding William Leslie's flirtation with Miss Fisher.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bolton, George; Cooper, Mrs.; Fisher, Miss; Fisher, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Mapother, Dillon; Pierson, Miss; Potter, Mrs.; Wild (acquaintance); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.