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company only set my heart aching for happi-
ness which I see no chance of my possessing for
many a long day yet.       Haney said he wouldn t
go, last Sunday.   Unless he knows what he goes
for he ll pay for it, by a heart ache.
  Only a year or two ago, these girls were children.
How strange that they should affect us thus!  Not
at all strange, either.                               I met
Cahill posting down the 5th Avenue, before going
to Edwards .   He had been duplicating his dinner at
Mort Thomson s, and came to the resolution that  he
would be an Actor. 
  25.  Monday.  In doors till evening, then to Hil-
lard s, finding Oliver at his brother s residence; there
till near eleven.    At 16th street on my way; Haney
just left with somebody, I suppose Wells.
  26.  Tuesday.  Writing letter to my mother.  Out.
Cahill came in the afternoon.   An in-doors evening.
Morris called; he, with Gun in my room awhile.
Mrs Jewell visiting her daughter.          Some part
of the evening in the room of Dr Kinne, who has kept
his bed for the last four days.    Leblond there, also
a Mrs Rich, a widow who keeps a boarding-house over
the way.     The woman one of the fast, vulgar sort,
her chatter of an exaggerated, approbatively self-wil-
led character, turning chiefly on her readiness to 
shoot men under certain provocation! which she evidently
considered a proof of fine spirit, if not fine ladyism.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page sixty-eight
Description:Regarding Mrs. Rich, who ran a nearby boarding house.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hillard, Frank; Hillard, Oliver; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Kinne; Leblond; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Rich, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):5th Avenue; 16th Street
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.