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  This spoken before three men, by the wife
of one of them!     And neither of these women
but believe themselves to be Ladies, of perhaps
rather superior clay than ordinary.              The
Rich, it appeared, knew me well enough by sight
and by name   said that one of her lady boar-
ders, now in St Louis had made a drawing of
me.     The woman turned a compliment on it; asked
me to come and see her.       I think I ll go   
matter for spleen there!
  27.  Wednesday.   Writing, etc., then to Mercantile
Library, thence by car down town.   Found Mc El-
rath at the Century Office who told me of his secession
from the paper.   Saw Gibbons the editor and had a 
talk with him.   Hither and thither, anon up town; bla-
zing hot day.     Cahill up in the evening: talk.  Widow 
Rich s brag of yesternight was, it seems, based on some
foundation; she had attempted to stab her husband
only being withheld from it by a timely arrival.    Said
husband has not unnaturally deserted her.   The
woman possesses a doubtful reputation generally.
Talk of Sol Eytinge, of Allie, Josey and Haney,
with filling-up items and details.   Cahill, I find,
suspects the nature of the intimacy between Haney
and Allie; asserts indeed that Haney s leaving Blee-
cker Street for a Broadway lodging (over Madame
Malberbe s) was in order to prevent his nocturnal 
absences being known to Levison.   Probable.  Josey
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page seventy
Description:Regarding Mrs. Rich, who ran a nearby boarding house.
Date:1859-07-26
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gibbons; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; McElrath; Rich; Rich, Mrs.; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway
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.