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  28.  Tuesday.  To the Mercantile Library,
there looking through N.Y. Times volumes, for Cen-
tury article.      Did three drawings on wood in the
afternoon.  A little [phonography] in the evening.  Round to Hous-
ton St, Mrs Duryee moved; to Bob Gun s.  Sears
there, from the country, two other boarders.  Gun pack-
ing up traps for moving.    Day and night very sultry.
  29.  Wednesday.   Read paper &c under the trees
in Washington Square, returning to room found Cahill.
(Gayler s recent play produced by the Florence a failure)
Drawing on wood.    Down town in the afternoon,
to Century, Pic, Constellation, Nic-nax Offices &c
Saw Frank Leslie.   Met Kelly on my way down.
Rode up town.   Oppressively hot   painfully so.
  30.  Thursday.  Drawings.  Downtown in the
afternoon, to 16th Street, then to Edwards  in
the evening, wanting to see Haney whom I knew
I should find there.  Walking about for an hour
subsequently, talking on the usual topic.

  1.  Friday.  Down town and up again.  Did scarcely
anything all day, headachy, sick and miserable.
To Edwards  in the evening.   The same folks
present as on last Friday evening, much the same
doings, only, I think, not so much of a success.  Ed.
Wells did his fandango in grotesque ballet costume,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page thirty-three
Description:Mentions the failure of one of Charles Gayler's plays produced by Florence.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Duryee, Mrs.; Florence; Gayler, Charles; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kelly; Leslie, Frank; Sears, Jack; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street; Houston Street; Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.