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Shepherd,  Daisy,  as they call him has got
a situation in an insurance company, cutting
 literature  and writing stories for the  Sun, 
for the present.          Vananda, the miserable,
drunk-sodden scribbler, whom I think I have
introduced once in this diary, is dead. (He
commenced the story for the Pic which Cahill
finished.)       Died of fits   liquor, left a desti-
tute wife.                      One day last week   Thurs-
day, I think   Haney gave a little  swarry 
in his room, sardines, ale and smoke.   Present
Jack Edwards, Charley Honeywell, Ed Wells,
Knudsen, Morris, I, and towards the tail
Of the night Hayes the scene painter.   Talk
about the pantomime to be done at Edwards
on Christmas night, deciding on title &c,
then songs and converse.    Young Honeywell
improves apace, yet I don t think he s as high
as pretty Matty s heart yet.    He s at the house
as much as usual, the girl talks friendly
and kindly towards him, he is less by her
side and thats how things stand at present.
Matty shows kindly, now, to everybody.   Sally
and Haney converse but seldom, she is prone to
little defiant utterances generally.    I fancy there s
some rivalry of feeling between the sisters, and
one evening as I sat watching Matty at work
on a patchwork quilt, Sally being engaged on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Regarding the rivalry he suspects between Matty and Sally Edwards.
Date:1859-12-12
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes (painter); Honeywell, Charles; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Shepherd, N.G.; Vananda, T. Hamilton; Welles, Edward; Women
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.