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that he wouldn t be lengthy in response.    It
was done jocularly and he affected to take it well, but
it subsequently appeared that he and O B had arranged
a little programe which I inadvertently upset.   Clapp s
strong point among the asses who pretend to admire him is
his speechmaking.                  To Post and Pic Offices. Ar-
nold came up in the latter, his face blazing scarlet
with intoxication.   Said he hadn t been sober since Sat-
urday morning, gave particulars of his three days
 drunk  which may be very well omitted.   A compan-
ion with him, one West.      Bob Gun up   drunk, too.
I left the at Crook and Duffs after two glasses
of ale and one of sherry.    Up town, to supper in the
old basement, which I ve hardly entered for three years
or near, since the time when Sol Eytinge & Will
Waud occupied it.       It was queer to recognize the old
closet where I kept my books &c.    New boarders, two
or three of the present   jocular.   Landlady s son, a
young fellow of perhaps 21.    Upstairs something of a
carnival going on, Anna Bradbury thundering away
on her piano, women boarders in high glee in the
dining room, others going throughout the house, admiring
its spacius proportions.           Up to 16th stret by 9 or
so, to Mrs Potter s new house.      Certainly a small one,
otherwise well enough.    She pays $1300 a year, $100
more than her last venture.       Saw most of the folks,
Kate & Glady awaiting me on the threshold.   Leslie
was there, having characteristically picked out one of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes the scene at his boarding house as new boarders move in and a visit to Mrs. Potter's new boarding house.
Date:1859-05-02
Subject:Arnold, George; Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Bradbury, Anna; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kate (servant); Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, William; West (acquaintance)
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.