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rollicking, friendly, unenvious existences
conceivable!       Not a word of the dreary dis-
sipation, the getting in debt, the bad blood,
spites, bickerings and general raffishness of
it!     Bah!                Dropped in at Edwards 
for ten minutes, then home.        Haney & Co
rehearsing  Barbazure  at Mort Thomson s house,
he still out west.
  16.  Friday.  Down town all the morning,
work-hunting &c, sans luck.   Drawing.
  17.  Saturday.  A wet miserable ay.  Only
out in the afternoon.   Frank Pounden up.  He
out of a situation.
  18.  Sunday.  In doors till evening; to Cha-
pin s, then to Edwards , with young Honeywell
whom I met on leaving the church.  Haney, Nast
Knudsen and one of the Pillows, (Parton s brothers
in law or half-brothers) there.    Talking with the
girls, Haney mostly to Matty.    Morris came
anon.   With him to Haney s, on leaving, I wan-
ting to get a book.
  19.  Monday.  Work.  Down town in the after
noon and returning was accosted by and walked
some blocks with Watson   Watson the long, lank
vulturous ex-forger, ex-engraver, ex-dealer in jewel-
ry and  confidence -operator, ex-convict and present
story-writer &c for Harpers Mag and Weekly.
He more than hinted that his ex-mistress, now
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Mentions taking a walk with ex-engraver John Watson.
Date:1859-12-15
Subject:Bohemians; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Pounden, Frank; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John
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.