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some suspected, but nothing was said
openly, only to our landlady.     As afore written
most of them left the house.   Four days ago
a boarder in a small, adjoining room (whither
Defby had no business to go)  missing a
shirt, went into the theif s room and found
him abed with it on.    He d____d him a
little, demanded restitution and told the folks
at breakfast.     Nevertheless thief had the brass
to appear at his meals throughout that day,
to address and converse with the weak Phillips
unchecked, to spend the evening in the parlor
with the other folks, and finally to depart
next afternoon.     Billington, it appears, went
out with him, just after breakfast.        Both he
and Morris talk pity of the fellow.     I think
the pity lies in the direction of the honest woman
who, working hard to gain a living, loses three
or four paying boarders by the advent of this
sneaking hound.       I hate scoundrels, for their
existence means injury and injustice to innocent
people.       I was on the look out for a chance of
Derby s addressing me, when I would first
have [stamed?] him dead in the face with as much
insult as I could put in it and, on his repeat-
ing his words, or resenting my reception of  em,
I d have told him what he was in the hardest
kind of English, even if there d have been a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Regarding Derby being expelled from Gunn's boarding house for stealing.
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Derby; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Phillips
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.