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out, with all the malice of a thoroughly low
woman.    Didn t say a word to her.     Up stairs,
doing chores.     Room quite dismantled.     I had been
sitting writing at my table, in the dust for an
hour or so when Leslie came up.   He was on his
way to the 16th St house, to choose a room.  Mrs
Potter up subsequently, said she  felt bad  about lea-
ving me behind.      So do I, but t won t be for
long.       It s now about 1 o clock P. M.     I ve been
scoring up the last eight pages, partly in my own old
attic, partly in Haney s, which has just been scribbled
out for my temporary accommodation, at the new land-
lady s behests.                          Wrote a letter to George
Bolton; went down town, sent off parcel to him. (By
to-days paper I see that the man of whom he purchased
his farm has been condemned to be hanged for the mur-
der of the mailman.)    To a Mr Ames who has patented
divers life-preserving garments, one of which I remember
as the invention of a Mr Delano, the queer man whom
I saw at Clapp s on our first visit to him.    Clapp & O 
Brien had him in as a butt, though he appeared to infi-
nitely greater and advantage than they did.  It was on this
occasion I believe that I became antagonistic to the ugly little
Free Lover.   O B had proposed his health in an inflated
speech, and I fearing what subsequently happened, that
speechmaking would set in for the evening, that we should
all alternately be playing pumps or buckets   fearing
this, I, in drinking Clapp s health adding to it the hope
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and thirteen
Description:Mentions a visit to Ames and reminisces about a party he attended at Henry Clapp's.
Date:1859-05-02
Subject:Ames (inventor); Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Bolton, George; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Delano; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th 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.