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now does nothing towards her support or that
of her children.       Another brother, a rou  in
Italy, died here in New York some eight years
ago, or less.     My uncle William, very kind
loving fellow, was fairly persuaded into wedding
Mary Mapleson by the sisters, my aunts Bessy
and Fanny.  (I remember the latter perfectly,
ere her death by consumption in Mary St.)   They
were always singing her praises, how good and
how kind she was.      She fell in love with him
and probably set  em at it.    She was very far
from good looking.  But she made him an excel-
lent wife, and became the mother of a family
of eleven.     Charley, who visited Guildford at
my uncle s invitation, reported the establishment
as conducted on the pride-and-meanness principle.
He shocked the boys by getting a tavern meal of
bread and cheese or something akin to it, as my
defunct aunt s tremendous gentility kept him
hungry.    I think they did the starved flunkey
or footboy-in-livery business.     My uncle William
I always liked, a careworn, kind spoken, 
grayish haired gentleman, touchingly reminding
me of my dear old grandfather.   He was, too,
my mother s youngest brother, she loved him, and
I do, therefore.     Charley said he d have been
happier   my uncle I mean   with more leg-of-
mutton comfort and less gentility.   I suspect
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Regarding his uncle William Butler and his wife Mary.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Bessy (Aunt); Butler, Mary; Butler, William; Fanny (Aunt); Food; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapleson, Anna; Mapleson, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.