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should be  always sating  and in other ways
plays the feminine King Alfonso in supposing
that creation could be a good deal bettered.   Sits
beside me, rallies me on my presumed cynicism
and impassibility towards the woman-kind; doesn t
have good health, looks upon life with a sort
of self-flattering melancholy.   Next room, the
rear one is entirely bachelorish.     A good-
humored, rather inarticulate speaking young
man of English birth, who has passed most
of his life in this country and city.  Goes to
hear Chapin of Sundays.  I like him.  His
chum, young, whiskerless and named  Johnson,
which is all that need be said of him.    I am
inclined to think there is another occupant in
this room, but am not sure who it is; anyway
he ll show presently.      The front apartment
on the next story was tenanted by the Brad-
burys , is empty as the rear one will be in a 
day or two.        Leslie s old den, the two little
 extension  rooms are now occupied by a Mr
Bancker.    A solidish, heavily good-humored man,
an inventor, has patented a Sewing Machine,
a legal widower, divorce separating him from
his wife.     Stands somewhat in friendly awe
of the conversational badinage (!) of another
boarder on the first floor, the prominent man
and wit of the establishment.   He is foreman
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page forty-seven
Description:Describes the boarders at his boarding house.
Subject:Banker (boarder); Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johnson (boarder); Kinne, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.