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them were thinking and speaking of the
same person, with whom each had an intrigue,
Billington being in present possession.    Abraham s
account is this.  (His is English, not Jewish in
aspect, despite his name, has done promiscuous
work on the Courier, and at now, very hard
up, spends much of his time in loafing in that
or the Pic Office.)     He, four years ago, held
some office under the British Consul in this
city, when he fell in with this woman, Mrs
or  Milly  Norris, as they call her.    The usual
story.    Daughter of a well-to-do and well known
sugar-merchant, badly married to a man who
ill-used her, (according to her and Abraham s
account)  adultery and a journey to Connecticut
with her paramour, the husband pursuing, with
threats of pistol-vengeance.  A police man bri-
bed by Abrahams, return to New York, the
husband arrested, matters compromised, hus-
band defeated or content, wife living with Abra-
hams, her father winking at the adultery of
his daughter and recognizing her keeper.   Woman
of a jealous, hysterical temperament, subject to
horrible fits of rage and distrust, hunting her
paramour to his office, suspecting infidelity, some-
times getting drunk   sensual, too, I judge  
a sort of wretched vampire who paid off in full
the unpleasant Paris who ran off with her.     In-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Regarding Abrahams' affair with Milly Norris.
Subject:Abrahams; Billington; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Norris, Milly (Green); Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.