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connexion.    I knew he had some such
affair on hand and could construct the char-
acter of the person, from his general and inci-
dental talk.       He was rather  knocked  by
Abraham s disclosures for a day or so.
His predecessor told it as a good joke.   They
proposed visiting the woman together, Abrahams
to be introduced by Billington as a friend of
his.      He taxed her with Cahill but disco-
vered the  sell  on her denying knowledge of
such a person.
  November 29.     Our boarding-house thief
has been discovered and expelled.   One Derby,
son to a well known tailor in the city.   He
was introduced by Johnson in that loose-endorsing
way common to young men.    A thin, smooth-
faced, approbative cur, too civil by half, al-
ways making advances to folks, had been in
England and France and liked to talk of
it, affected the opera and was of late especial-
ly intimate with Morris and Billington.
They, like most Americans, toady to presumed
social position.    I never liked the fellow s
gly glibness and said so at the outset.    Well,
he stole a suit of clothes from Johnson, shirt col-
lars, handkerchiefs and other articles of dress
from the others.   He boarded in a big room,
with some three others.    They disliked him, and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Regarding Derby being expelled from Gunn's boarding house for stealing.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Abrahams; Billington; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Derby; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johnson (boarder); 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.