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(they had reported what others paid) so
This couple gave notice they re about to leave.
Mrs Boley, a decent striving woman, anxiously
alert to please and keep her house full, being
provoked at the loss of two hitherto well satis-
fied boarders, comments sharply on it; the fe-
male Bradbury calls landlady a red-headed
something or other, and gets orders to march, bag
and baggage, which is happily accomplished to
the avowed satisfaction of the boarders generally.
(Anna had distinguished herself by throwing a
hammer at or near one of the women, from a
three story elevation, lying about it subsequently.)
Her dam said she had never encountered such
low people, that all the women were jealous of
her dear angel of a girl &c; that the gentlemen
liked to have her come in their rooms, they all
hugged and kissed her &c   which last remark
made some of  em look slightly foolish, when I
resusitated it.     But the men being decent ave-
rage fellows, nothing worse was done, I m pretty
confident; though the ill-dragged up girl will
probably come to grief some day.          Hitherto
I ve put down but little about my present 
fellow-boarders, here goes to make a brief
dash at doing so.      First to complete hints
about landlady.   Not red-haired as I thought,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page forty-four
Description:Describes the Bradbury family.
Date:1859-07-09
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
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.