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noon for a long Hoboken ramble, starting
from the Pic Office and returning by 7.     Got
letters from George Bolton and from Alf
Waud; the first reiterating his and his wife s
invitations to Canada; the second general
and particular.   Alf s  wife  and children dwel-
ling at Scituate Harbour, 17 miles from Boston;
he visiting them two days a week, the rest of his
time being devoted to work in the city.    Will is
with his relations at Somerville.     Hayes has had
a bad accident in the explosion of his  Etna ,
while making tea for Alf and another in his
 bachelor s hall,  the blazing alcohol burning
his head face and hands severely; which injuries
he  got over in an incredible manner  having been
training for a boat race.              Of O Brien Alf
states only that he has seen him in company
with a brother of Clapp s,  an ass who feels hono-
red by the position of satellite  to Fitzbouncer.
  Alfs expenses average $20 a week  all he
can make.    Damoreau is  in partnership with
Smith and as poor as  an ammoniacal comparison.
 Deserves it!  adds Alf in parenthesis.  Thus
Waud.                Wrote or rather finished letter to
Mrs Church.                    Cahill has been drunk
down town in company with Mac Culloch, foreman
compositor of the Picayune during Monday; was
so inebriated that Gun fudged a pretext for not
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page eighty-eight
Description:Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud in Boston.
Subject:Bolton, George; Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Jewell, Mary (Waud); McCulloch; O'Brien, Fitz James; Smith, Dan; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.