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years ago.   They were very kind to him.      He had
seen Eytinge once, in the editorial room.                I
think myself paid for walking up-town in his company
by this indirect self-revelation on the part of a scoun-
drel.      His talk, all along, amounted to a sort of apolo-
gy for being what he was.    How true it is that no man
is content to appear a villain, that evil is so repugnant
to the worst of men that they try to prove it not so very
evil, thereby unconsciously recognizing good.       I had
a bit of a tumble and came within a foot of being run over
during this walk, while crossing Broadway.        Drawing
& chores in the afternoon, up to 39th St in the evening.
Mrs Neff and her husband, who has joined her, over
in Jersey.   Had a smoke with Mr Richard Edwards
and another Banbury man in the basement.   This Mr
Mann had known my South Newington kinsfolk, and
gone to school with my cousin Harry; he who went to
Australia, thence to California, from whence he was
nevermore heard of.    Got some particulars of Mrs
Neff, from Edwards.        The woman got  converted  to
Mormonism in New York, twenty years ago, went with
her first husband to, I think, Nauvoo.    He, an honest
Englishman, wouldn t take up with the gospel of Joe Smith,
wherefore she abandoned him for another  husband,  and
Beers   that was the name of the first   found his way
back to New York, being two years on the journey.    Sub-
sequently he died in England.   Her kinsfolk were
naturally shy of mentioning details about their sister.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-two
Description:Describes a visit to Richard Edwards and a talk about Mrs. Neff's conversion to Mormonism.
Date:1859-04-20
Subject:Beers; Edwards, Richard; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mann (Banbury); Mormons; Neff; Neff, Mrs.; Religion; Watson, John
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):39th 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.