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interior of the state, whither he went for
the purpose of sketching John Brown s funeral,
for a newly-started illustrated paper.    Haney
came in anon.      I went to Chapins  with Mr
Edwards and Matty, returning to the house sub-
sequently. (It was pleasant to be singing out of
the same hymn book with Matty.)   Morris drop-
ped in about 10   and we came away together.
  In Bob Gun s room I found him, Cahill and
the printer McCulloch, the two latter drunk, the
former comparatively recovered from the same condi-
tion.     I had looked in during the afternoon and
found Cahill, Corbin, Shepherd and Mc Culloch
at cards   euchre   Gun being drunk on the bed, in
the next room.      There s been enough of this, of
late, and to spare.                On the previous evening,
at about 12, I found Cahill, Corbin, Billing-
ton, Miss Fagan and Mrs Boley in Bob Gun s
room, he having gone out.       There were whiskey,
rum, claret and cards on the table.       Cahill very
drunk, Billington rather so, sitting on the sofa
with his arm round the Irish  young lady s 
waist, and a pipe in his mouth.    Mrs B appear-
ed to have just come in.      Corbin is in town hunt-
ing after a runaway negress servant, who has
robbed him and his wife of upwards of $70 worth
of clothes &c, hocking it as he sat at dinner, 
and going off by the last boat for New York.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and seventy
Description:Describes the scene at his boarding house.
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Corbin; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; McCulloch; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.