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go, Haney, Wells, Nast and Honeywell
there, and Parton, some of whose half-brothers
are in town.   His mother has been twice married,
her second husband (an American) proving a knave
and deserting her.
  9.  Saturday.  Writing &c.   Down town in
the afternoon; to Century Office, got $10, to Pic
Office got nothing.   In doors during the evening.
  This day the Bradbury s leave the house, get-
ting their walking papers at the hands of the land-
lady, and leaving behind them much the same
reputation in they effected during the former dynasty.
I expected the result but dropped not a word in aid
of it, leaving people to make their own discoveries.
The girl Anna on the influx of a new household
of boarders was in great glory   especially as they
were mostly men.   She projected herself at them af-
ter her usual rampant style, cried  O Mr This!
and  O Mr That!   at table, laughed, shrugged
her shoulders  grimaced, talked loud, lay in wait
for them collectively and individually on the staircase,
sat in window seats with them of evenings and
much more, besides invading their chambers. (She
pulled open the door while one man was dressing,
calling to a woman boarder to come and see!)   I
preserved my usual taciturnity towards the family,
was favored twice or thrice with visits in my
room from the girl who always came to beg or
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page forty-two
Description:Regarding the Bradbury family being expelled from Mrs. Boley's boarding house.
Date:1859-07-08
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Nast, Thomas; Parton; Parton, James; Parton, Mrs.; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.