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Got also at the latter a letter for an apocry-
phal  Mr Robert Butler Gunn,  from Geneva,
from Mrs Church.   My first letter never reached 
her, the second was received on her return to Florence
from a two months visit to Rome and Naples.
She left Italy sooner than she had intended in con-
sequence of the war, was in Florence during the
 revolution, which looked like a festival,  and is
now resident in a locality familiar to her, her father
(when U. S consul, I suppose)  having lived there.
Thinks of deferring her return till next spring.  A
lady s letter, friendly, rather elaborately expressed,
with few details in it.   Greetings desired to the
16th street folks which I shan t hurry myself to
convey to their destination, as Mrs Pot is accustomed
to inquire  whether I have heard from Mrs Church ?
with an air of placid knowingness peculiarly offen-
sive.   Like all low women she can t suppose the 
possibility of intimacy or correspondence between the
sexes without warmth of interestedness.   The
cackling old washerwoman of a Mrs Bradbury actually
left tattle of this business behind her among the folks
of the new dynasty!                         Cahill came
in the evening, staying till 10 or later.   Out of luck;
the weeklies retain but don t print his writings,
Florence don t bring out his farce, won t buy it out
and out for $30.   He is therefore out of spirits,
but it don t develop fresh endeavor.   He does little
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes a letter received from Mrs. Church.
Date:1859-07-16
Subject:Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Florence; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; Women
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.