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  29.  Sunay.  A luxurious, sunny, 
almost sultry morning; chores &c till noon then
to 16th Street, a strill with Haney to Union
Park &c.     Dropping in for ale at a new tavern
in Bleecker, I chanced on the  Mercury  containing
George Arnold s editorials, the subjects of which I sug-
gested, as heretofore chronicled.     In one he had as-
serted that the Assyrians understood the Stereoscope (!)
and that a  rogue s gallery  of portraits (or criminals,
for their recognition by the police) had been discovered
by Boutcher and Loftus!    How wisely the world is
edited!!            To 16th St again by 5; in Leslie s
room with him and Kendall, then upstairs, looking 
out at the Catholic church and talking with Haney.
Supped, left Haney at Edwards , to Chapin s,
then to Edwards .   Knudsen there.        What atro-
cities a man of Leslie s stamp perpetrates in the
minor matters of daily life!  He goes trampling
down its decencies and courtesies like a drunken
beer-pig in a tulip bed, his every remark being
an outrage in the amor propre of his fellow creatures!
and bordering on insult.    Here are two samples:
on my appearance at the 16th street supper-table
he vented an allusion to  sponging,  and presently,
when the idea of the  Professor s being an eligible boar-
der was suggested, said outright,  returning like a
dog to his Vomit!     Pleasant for Mrs P!   How-
wever she has a good feather-bed shield of obtuse-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and forty-eight
Description:Describes his experiences at the 16th Street boarding house.
Subject:Arnold, George; Boutcher, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kendall; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Leslie, William; Loftus; Martin, Professor
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street; Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.