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the honors of Detroit very generously, on
my return through that city.  The name is the same
though I believe I spelt it incorrectly at the time.
He was a  prominent citizen,  owning an island used
for fishing purposes.
  20.  Tuesday.  In doors all the drenching
dreary day, writing.  Haney came to supper.  Out
with him, Morris leaving us at the corner of Broad
way.    To a china-shop to look at a certain
punch-bowl he and the girls design purchasing for
a Christmas present to Mrs E.  then to the house.
We found Wells standing meekly at the basement
door, Sally and her father within.   The latter
is troubled with gravel and, now, looks sick and
much older, I talked awhile with him in the ab-
sence of the others.    Presently the three girls ap-
peared and went to work on a big quilt, the frame
occupying the major portion on the room.    They
sewed and Wells helped  em.          It was a pleasant
picture to turn out into the damp dreary night &
wet streets from, as we did in an hour, leaving
Wells, possibly mildly happy at our departure.   To
16th St with Haney.    He read to me a Christmas
poem he designs delivering, introducing the family
and guests, a pretty and touching thing, the best in
the rhyming way he has done, I think.   Then we
over a bottle of ale each and a pipe talked till mid-
night, of course on the inevitable topic.      He thinks
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Mentions going to a china shop with Jesse Haney, looking for a gift for Mrs. Edwards.
Date:1859-12-19
Subject:Campau, J. Barnabas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street; Broadway
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.