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each day to it.   I have leisure now.
  13.  Tuesday.  Commenced story, with in-
definite intent to try the Atlantic, Harpers or
All the Year Round.   Down town after dinner with
Morris.     Returning alone, an hour and a half
later, overtook Sally and Matty, and walked
up town, first beside the former and then on Ser-
rell s coming up and addressing us, beside Matty.
Sally talked a little pins-and-needleish, but plea-
sant withal.    They had passed Fanny Fern in
going down-town, with Grace.   The last had slight-
ly acknowledged, the former cut them dead.    Matty
wouldn t have it that Grace has any pretensions to
good looks.    We parted at their door step.       Evening
[phonography] and story-writing till eleven.    Bob Gun and
Cahill didn t get up to-day till 2 P. M. and
are a little on their way to drunkenness to-night.
I looked in at Gun s room half an hour ago, 
found Cahill on the sofa, Gun and Billington
at cards, none of them too sober.
  14.  Wednesday.  In doors all the snowy, windy,
blusterous day.   [Phonography] and writing.  Stopped in till
near 10 at night, then out and called at the Ed-
wards .    Within half an hour the family returned
from the theatre, whither the girls had gone at Knud
sen s invitation, Haney, Nast and Jack being of
the party.      Walked to 16th street with Haney,
home by midnight.             Gun and Cahill didn t
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Mentions taking a walk with Matty and Sally Edwards.
Date:1859-12-12
Subject:Billington; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Serrell, Edward W.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
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.