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as reported by Anna Bradbury, knows Miss P s
reputation as an uncomfortable boarder (which she was)
and wouldn t have her at any price.   So the poor woman
(who also wouldn t live in the same house with the Brad-
burys) packs up her traps.   I am doing the same and of
fer my assistance, when she shows me an oil-portrait
of her father.    I thought the thing touching   the lonely
old maid, once, it is said a beauty, moving from boarding
house to boarding-house, with her father s picture.     I
receive an intimation that Mrs Bowley is desirous of re-
taining me as a boarder, in the same room, at the 
same price, choice of other rooms being optional. I ac-
cord conditional acceptation.    Anna Bradbury is un-
necessarily prevalent about my room, asking questions
wanting to borrow picture-books, cents &c.   Haney
comes home by 2 or so, packs up traps.  I help him down
stairs with trunks.   Poor Mrs Potter feels decidedly
miserable.  After seven years of struggling in the board-
ing house inferno, it is sad and humiliating to termi-
nate in a  mortgage sale .    I find her in the dusty,
empty room recently occupied by the Pattens, and tell
her if I ve ever been unjust and selfish towards her
  as of course, I have   I m very sorry for it.  Haney
off in search for a boarding house.  I down town, feel-
ing miserable.   To Pic Office.   Supped at Crook and
Duff s with Bob Gun.     He has, comparatively, dropped
drinking, and appears to much greater advantage.
Up town together, I to Bleecker St.   Round to Edward s.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and four
Description:Regarding the boarders in his boarding house packing and preparing to move since landlady Mrs. Potter has lost the house.
Date:1859-04-28
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Bradbury, Anna; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Pierson, Miss; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.