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somuch that Abrahams   returned to En-
gland to get rid of her.          There was an hys-
teric parting on board ship; Gaylor present,
(an appropriate looker-on and sympathizer) said
he never saw a more affecting scene in his life.
Returning after a year Abrahams renewed the
intercourse for a short time, but subsequently
let the woman drift.    He knows of other inevi-
table infidelities she has been guilty of.   She keeps
a boarding-house, where both Billington and
Morris resided, when the former s harlotry
with her commenced, he supposing, up to the col-
loquy with Abraham s that he was the first
 favored  one.     Billington has said that he
had affairs with three women at the same
time, presumably in the same house, but threw
over the other two for Mrs Norris.    I have seen
a portrait of the woman; Abrahams  lent it to
Cahill who brought it up for the purpose of
mystifying Bilington and exciting in him suspicions
of another amour on the part of the wretched
woman, as also some of her letters.    An 
anxious, unhappy, American face, no-wise at-
tractive or feminine, in a good sense.    She has
a child, a boy some years old.    Billington is
paying his price for the carrion.   She goes into
hysterics on the carpet, and he left because
all the people in the house were aware of the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Regarding Milly Norris.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Abrahams; Billington; Cahill, Frank; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Norris, Milly (Green); 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.