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day.        The fellows rather gloried in it
than otherwise (barring Wood who was a little
shy about the risk of appearing in the papers) &
the affair afforded a day s gossip throughout
Bohemia.               O Brien has been in town
some weeks, is apparently a hanger-on of
Bateman s, a theatrical man who once had a
lawsuit with Barnum about the  Bateman Chil-
dren,  played in by Matilda Heron.   Sam
Cowell the vocalist is Mrs B s brother.  Ca-
hill, Arnold, Bob Gunn and others were intro
duced to Cahill, one night, round at the French
theatre.     I suppose O Brien does puffs, cor-
respondence, what not for Bateman.    Cahill
fell in with O B one night, so helplessly drunk
that he took him to his hotel.               I went
to see Sam Cowell one night, taking with me
Morris and Billington.    In the boxes there sat
the Mrs Norris heretofore spoken of; Morris poin-
ted her out to me.        She had a commonish-look-
ing moustached young man with her; was her-
self better looking than depicted in photograph.
  I don t think I ever put down Seymour s
domestic relations, as let out by Cahill, when
his cousin, the obnoxious Seymour, the engraver
was lurking about the Pic office some two
months ago.    Charles Seymour lives with a Ger-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Mentions seeing Mrs. Norris at a performance of Sam Cowell.
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Arnold, George; Barnum, P.T.; Bateman; Bateman, Mrs.; Billington; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Cowell, Sam; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heron, Matilda; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Norris, Milly (Green); O'Brien, Fitz James; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Wood, Frank
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.