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fight over the supper-table.     I hate
rows but I hate scoundrels more and think
that had Munro, on discovering him with
the shirt on, just bruised and battered his
thievish face for ten minutes, he would scarce-
ly have gone pilfering into another boarding-
house, as he undoubtedly will.     Brutality has
its uses sometimes.    Billington says Derby
informed him that he kept a mistress some-
where.     The fellow was idle, seemed to have
his time at his own lazy disposal.     He wanted
Billington and Morris to descend and room with
him, which the former was disposed to do.
I don t think Derby s foraging for means to main-
tain his harlot in their  wardrobe would have
resulted in much, as they admit.      They are
still in debt to Mrs B.    They came to me for
occasional quarters, for quotations, for suggestions,
criticisms, books &c   all well enough as far
as it goes, but the profit account isn t on my
side; I get nothing from them intellectually.
Morris I like, he is kindly natured, gentle
and gentlemanly (barring Yankee localisms) but
he has twopenny ha penny ways about him which
rile me into occasional antagonism, when he
gets it and thinks me savage and satirical.
Instance, the first evening we took him to Edward s
he, on our returning home together raised some
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty-five
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); Munro (boarder)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.