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chores and some writing, bed by 12.
  19.  Sunday.  Chores, writing &c till the
afternoon, then to 16th Street.   Found little Nast
with Haney.   An industrious little chap, German
by birth, American in speech (and exceedingly ungram
matically so) good-humored, I think, and unsophis-
ticated, but shrewdly intent on money making.   He
does a good deal of drawing now, since his quitting
Frank Leslie s, but works rather from knack 
and industry than perception.  Haney has taken him
up of late.)  He likes playing patron, which habit
he may owe to his schoolmaster days.)  After sup-
ping we turned out together and into a rain-storm,
they going to Edwards , I to Chapins , joining them
subsequently.  Little Nast was there for the first
time and in high glee.    The girls noticed his
assaults on Lindley Murray when he came out with
 There are some people what thinks   ! 
  20.  Monday.  Writing.   A visit from Cahill
who has just left Thomson s, receiving a request to
that effect from Mort, under the pretext, a pretty
transparent one, that his room was  wanted.   They
part friendly though.     I and Haney had anticipa-
ted it, knowing it to be only a question of time.  Cahill s
occasional intoxication has made the Thomson s worry
of him, added to which it is advisable not to have
an unsafe looker-on behind the scenes while Mort
and Grace do their billing and cooing.  Cahill
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page twenty-five
Description:Regarding Thomas Nast and his first visit to the Edwards family.
Date:1859-06-18
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.