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about doing our Christmas revels for the
 Looker-On.      To Century Office &c.   Up in
Haney s Nic-nax Office found papa Edwards.
He looked very old and shaky, complained of
being feeble, said he would sit awhile and
rest himself.      To Duncan & Sherman s bank
and saw Ed. Wells, who is employed there.  Got a
note from him to Mrs Thomson, anent M. S. Pan-
tomime, took cars and up to 21st street, near
the 3rd Avenue.      Sent up letter and got article.
Extremely cold, returned through a glorious snow
storm.       Scribbling during the afternoon.     Two
girls in my room in the evening, Miss Trainque
(I spelt her name wrongly before) and little Miss
Maguire.    They were cold in the adjoining room,
stove ineffective, and sat plying their needles for
an hour or two beside mine.     Honest girls enough;
the former buxom and cheery, no harm in her.
Works at some book-binding factory all day, hard
enough, keeps in good spirits withal, is sensible,
ignorant, fond of fun and, I should say, indus-
trious.      More so perhaps than little Maguire,
who I think would have been very willing to
have fallen in love with Morris, some weeks ago,
as at present.      She doesn t understand and
resents our chaffing him, and thinks he is  so
good.   Poor little girl! no doubt being Mrs
M. would seem a very enviable prospect.  Like
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Regarding a visit in his room from Miss Trainque and Miss Maguire.
Date:1859-12-28
Subject:Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Thomson, Sophy; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):3rd Avenue; 21st 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.