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over, or spoke well of them subsequent to their
departure.
  4.  Saturday.  Down town both before and after
dinner.  Got $11,,25/ for my  Herald  article
which occupies the place of honor at the head of the
editorial columns.   To Pic Office &c, hither and
thither.   To 16th street at night; in Leslie s room.
All going on at that house in the usual hum-drum
way.     Mrs Gouverneur, May and Miss Cooper gone
to Cold Spring.   King s children have no sort of
respect for their mother, call her a  Jew  and a fool,
and disobey her, but not their father, a down-looking
self-willed, quietly opinionated man, whose favor
Mrs Potter curries in her usual soapy manner. (This
I have not from Leslie.)    He, Leslie, heard Mrs P.
professing her willingness to allow old Townsend to
reclaim his baggage, left behind as a sort of security
for unpaid board, and meeting the man, prompted
by a little good nature and a great deal of a desire to
do the pompously-generous (!)    Told him of it.   When
a person arrived, Mrs P. being out, the old woman
her mother refused to deliver the poor old boy s traps
with many bitter denunciations of him, until Leslie
interfered and got them rendered up.      Old Towns-
end was a well-to-do Boston merchant once; Clapp
spoke of being in his employ.   His (Townsend s) son
had a berth in the Tribune Office and died recently.
Poor old boy!   He used to give Mrs Potter wretched
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page ten
Description:Regarding a visit to William Leslie and news from Mrs. Potter's boarding house.
Date:1859-06-03
Subject:Boardinghouses; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Cooper, Lucia; Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jews; King (boarder); King, Mrs. (boarder); Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; Townsend (boarder)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.