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apropos of her birthday (to-day.)   Met
Wilbour and a Mr Burley there.   Not the come-outer
Burleigh with the beard, though this man wore one, as
also his ruddy hair in ringlets.x          Tired and not
very well, day sunny but cold, felt achey.   Piano play
ing in our boarding-house parlor after tea and some
singing, latter indifferent.   There half an hour then
to my room, scribbling and now to [phonography].   Would that
I knew it!
  17.  Tuesday.  Chores, and Chas. Read.    Haney
up, just returned.  Down town in the afternoon
to Post, Nic-nax & Pic Offices.  Evening in doors.
Day wet at the commencement, dull in the close.   Not
well and tired.   Haney had been up again during my down
town raid.
  18.  Wednesday. [Phonography] for the most part of the forenoon.
Writing, reading up &c for  Century  article till mid-
night.   Day drizzly at commencement, rainy sans intermis-
sion all the rest.
  19.  Thursday. [Phonography] till 1.   Out to get papers, left
book at Edwards , to Mrs Jewells, there to see letter
from Alf Waud.   Writes despondently,  Mary  away
from him in the country, he not possessing money enough
to join her and generally hard-up.  Says he s bent
on going west this summer to accomplish the divorce  if
he has to rob somebody  to obtain the means; that
then if things don t mend he ll shoot himself.  $16
per week are needed for his and her maintainance
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes a letter received from Alf Waud, mentioning his wife Mary being away in the country.
Date:1859-05-16
Subject:Burley; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Wilbour
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.