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their last Saturday nights  burst  with its
sequel.   Glover and Arnold spent Sunday in  travel
ling twixt tavern and tavern, went to the Smithso-
nian for beds in the middle of the day, and Arnold
ornamented the walls of a room with sketches &c. Ca-
hill found himself, at daybreak, up a tree in Grammer-
cy Park, with, he says, not the faintest recollection of
how he got there.       Up town with Cahill.  Irish mili-
tia in Broadway having been  honoring  Smith O Brien s
departure for Europe.      Mort Thomson has got his bro-
ther Cleve, a berth as reporter on the Tribune.       Eve-
ning round to Houston St, then called and saw Mrs
Sexton with her baby, her mother visiting in Jersey &
Selina at the  Minstrels  with the inevitable Wall.
The unoffending baby has been christened by the names
 Virginia Alamazayda Maltravers Wall Sexton (!)
Was ever infant   even a royal one   so maltreated
at its outset in life?   Name No 2 must have owed
its origin to some  senation story.              I have
omitted to chronicle our  hop  on Thursday night,
the men boarders got up a ball, inviting the ladies and
outsiders.   It was kept up in lively manner till between
2 and 3 in the morning; the two parlors have not
looked so cheery for three years to my knowledge.
(What a many scenes have I witnessed in  em.  Levi-
son s funeral came in my mind.)      I looked in for
about an hour on my return from Edwards.
Supper, in good style, spread in the basement.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and forty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Sexton and her baby, Virginia.
Date:1859-05-28
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Glover, Thad; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); O'Brien, Smith; Sexton, Nelly; Sexton, Virginia; Thomson, Cleve; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wall
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Houston 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.