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butcher s store.         Letters from my mother
and Rosa, on my return to Bleecker St.     The former
has been to Guildford, for a fortnight s visit to my
uncle, whom she describes as  getting  quite grey, looking
old and careworn.      His wife, Mapleson s sister (I
always think of her in that relationship   not a pleasant
one) is  quite an invalid, always lying on the sofa. 
 Eight children at home, three away.       My father
who was  greatly shocked  to think of my mother s  leaving
him  for this much needed holiday  scarcely gets up
all day,  so they have a most melancholy time of it. 
I should think so.         William Bolton and George Gardi-
ner have visited them, and Sarah Ann stayed eight
weeks.                 Writing during the afternoon and
evening.   Saw a letter written by a slave-waiter at
Savannah to Mrs Gouverneur.   The confounded wo-
man had evidently been flattering the poor fellow in
her loose, lying way with a prospect of purchasing his
freedom.  He wrote in a fairish schoolboy hand with
capitals at the commencement of the lines, but correct
spelling, reminding her of  what she promised,  ad-
ding,  O, I will remember you!    Twas half amo-
rous withal.   D__n the woman.    The barbarity of
the thing.     Of course she won t answer it   indeed she
can t either spell or write decently, and generally gets
other women to do such tasks.    Rawson showed me the
letter: he half designed answering it, telling the poor fellow
he was better off down south.   Assuredly if Rawson s
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Describes a letter from his mother and a letter to Mrs. Gouverneur from a slave she met while traveling in the South.
Subject:Bolton, Sarah Ann; Bolton, William; Gardner, George; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Slavery; Slaves; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.