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Miss Maguire, Miss Trank and Miss
Clark, invited them in Morris  presence to
visit my room and they accepted.    I provided
half a dozen bottles of ale, apples, almonds, rai-
sins, Maraschino and with Cahill to help
me entertain  em we had a lovely evening, sing-
ing, laughing, eating & drinking &c.     We
concluded at 11, just before Morris and Bil-
lington returned.    I know the former sulked
about it.        There s a bit of a tiff  twixt him
and little Miss Maguire now.         He is just
the same literarily as he is socially, amiable,
sensitive, captious, with a streak of gentle humor
in him, sometimes exceedingly commonplace, some-
times sentimental   a man to be liked, but
one, I think, who on the strength of one tem-
porary success, has unwisely adopted his present 
vocation.       What a fascination their exists
in it for so many!        Well, there s molasses used
in printer s ink, everybody knows, but more
of lamp-black.       For Billington, all of his
ideas are but reproductions of old stock, sub-
jects, barring an occasional bit of real expe-
rience,   nor ever treated freshly or vigorous-
ly.                      About four Sundays ago, I
went over to Brooklyn to visit Pounden, re-
turned from Port au Prince.    He had just 
moved; found his new abode with some diffi-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Regarding a party in his room with Frank Cahill, Miss Maguire, Miss Trainque, and Miss Clarke.
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Clarke, Miss; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Pounden; Trainque, Cecilia (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.