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nearly all women she aspires to something
beyond her own intellect in a husband and has
sense enough to notice his superiority over the  clerks 
in stores and the like forming the staple of
young men in boarding-houses.    Marry! Morris
  like most of us!   would like the homage well
enough but for the rest, he d never think of such
a thing.      Little girl would like to be rich, then
 she d be perfectly happy and do nothing!  Isn t
over industrious and sews on shirt-buttons negli-
gently.         We are very good friends together, though
she never knows whether I m serious or making
fun of her.
  29.  Thursday.   Writing, hard.    Snow out
o doors, falling fast at night, everything look-
ing very wintry.    Out for an hour in the evening.
A group around the stove in our bat parlor,
late Miss Clarke s room, smoking and sipping
whiskey and water.     Bob Gun hasn t stir-
red out during the two last days, has suffer-
ed a good deal from recent excesses.      One
night he aroused Cahill, abed, with the infor-
mation that he had a touch of Delirium Tre-
mens, seeing snakes round his legs &c.    He
has been doctoring himself, is keeping quiet now.
  30.  Friday.   Down town, to Courier Office
& Pic at 1.       In doors the rest of the day and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Speculates on Miss Maguire's ideas about marriage.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Clarke, Miss; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Marriage; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.