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the wife ruled.  He though far from
wanting intellect, was over kind.      They
did the stuck-up business in Guildford gene-
rally.           Mrs B. didn t prepossess me 
in her favor when I saw her in England, 
on the occasion of my last visit.     Said she
 Now if you can only keep him from getting
married and get the girls married     or
something to that effect.   I daresay I have
chronicled it.      This is the only incident I
have to identify my late aunt with.
  Another mortuary item in my mother s let-
ter.    Parkins  wife is dead.    Was a great
sufferer     happy release   writes my mother.
Used to get drunk so that Parkins kept his
collar-key in his pocket.    She had been a 
housemaid or cook in the house where his pren-
tice or journeyman days had passed.   He was
foolish enough to translate fornication into
matrimony and paid the penalty for it, all
his life long.    Like James Gardner of Ban-
bury, father of the Peter, I met at Paris,
Canada.           More English items.   Mrs Bou-
tcher has returned to her St Martine Le Grand
tavern, a poorer woman.  The man that took
it turned out a rogue.    My mother with Rosa
and Sarah Ann Bolton have done a little rus-
tication at Ramsgate; the girls remained a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and forty
Description:Describes a letter received from his mother, containing news from England.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Bolton, Sarah Ann; Butler, Mary; Butler, William; Gardner, James; Gardner, Peter; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parkins; Parkins, Mrs.; Stone, Mrs. (Boutcher) (Boutcher)
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.