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wig, who is getting out a Sewing
Machine, has travelled over-land to Cali-
fornia, goes to hear Cora Hatch s rot and
Chapin s sermons.    He s something of a friend
to little Miss Maguire, and I like him on
account of his good humor.     Johnson   an
acquaintance of Wall s, (who didn t report too
favorably of him)   is one of the five ex-boar-
ders.     He was  clerk  or salesman in a clothing
store, as are two thirds of ^|the| young fellows you
encounter in boarding-houses.        I can t say I
admire their general characteristics.      They
read little and that little hardly above the
Ledger literature, they are generally on the
Herald side of public questions, they play billiards,
they drink and they whore.    Chiefly they believe 
in money-making and look forwards to traf-
fic as the nobles of human objects.   Seldom
do you hear a manly, an individual remark
from them.     Certain thefts in the house expe-
dited their departure, overcoats &c were
missing.     Mrs B. suspects one of the party,
I know him and think it not unlikely.
The man s in the house now.      We have
other woman boarders.    A Miss Trank,
seamstress or something of the sort, has super-
seded little Miss Maguire in sharing Mrs Pal-
mer s room, next to mine.   Miss Trank
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and forty-nine
Description:Regarding news about boarders who have left his boarding house.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Banker (boarder); Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hatch, Cora; Johnson (boarder); Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Palmer, Mrs.; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Wall
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.