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in the Pic, who makes even feebler puns
than Morris, and who has written stories for
Harper s.     He, returned from a country so-
journ, now boards here, sharing Morris  room.
  After sitting till I had finished big Pic block
Haney proposed going to Edwards , inviting
Morris.    As we were going down stairs, quoth
the latter to me:  Shall Billington come along? 
 No!   no!  I ^|answered| pretty emphatically, and did
right.        Looking at the pleasant house to which
our taking him was a compliment and a privi-
lege as a house of call to which he might bring
anybody, annoyed me into a mental  D__n
his impudence!            I had an exceedingly pleas-
ant evening talking with the girls, all three
of them, first Matty, then Eliza, lastly
Sally.     Haney sat mostly apart conversing with
Mr or Mrs E. or Pillow, Parton s half-brother;
Morris did his amiably-common-place amiabilities
  only repetition can do them justice, and time
spun on rapidly till within less than an hour of
midnight.   The girls were so jolly and kind and
pleasant that I half suspected them of being on
an innocent concerted inquisition as to the cause
of Haney s evident disquiet and glumness.     He
on our being about to part at 16th St. took me
aside from Morris and asked if they (or rather
Sally) hadn t been questioning about his
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred
Description:Describes a visit to the Edwards family.
Date:1859-08-26
Subject:Billington; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper)
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.