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is tallish, buxomish, g hal-ish, wears her
hair in free and easy not-very-long curls, sports
a red josey and exuberant hoops, sings at
the piano vociferously and is generally accessible.
Two women with Irish faces   one a widow hight
Ham   tother presumuably a maid hight Fagan,
I ve seen but little of.    I ve never spent a
whole evening yet in the parlor.   They play
euchre principally and  detest cards.    Morris
fribbles at the piano after supper awhile, as
after dinner.    He and Billington are both in
debt to Mrs Boley, the latter for some five weeks
board.    Morris has little to do, save an occa-
sional article for the Sunday Courier.  But
he doesn t appear at all regularly, his articles
stand over. (Mine go in consecutively, of course,
and are as regularly paid for.)   Morris does
the operatic for the Courier, getting nothing for
it by but the tickets.        Few of Billington s ar-
ticles are accepted by Harpers, by the Atlan-
tic, by the Sunday Times (!)    He does some-
thing in the teaching way at a ladies school
  I think elocutionary, and is paid quarter-
ly.     Apropos of him, here s an incident that
people would call extravagant in a novel.
Abrahams was up in his room one night, when
they got to talking on women, and comparing
experiences incidentally, found that both of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Regarding the women living in his boarding house.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Abrahams; Billington; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Journalism; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); 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.