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	Mrs. Gill-Gouverneur-Griffin.
then, Gill returned to England, confided the
elder to a sister of his (who took her to Aus-
tralia, where she now is) and, with Rawson,
took ship for California.     He died of fever,
I think, on the passage; it may have been some
subsequent one, for I fancy I ve heard Rawson
talk of his father s being in California.       Left
alone in the world, boy Rawson tended store,
waited at taverns, did anything for his living;
hence his mania for Central America generally.
Meantime his mother in New York continued
her bad career.         She eloped with a young
English artist, names, I think, Thompson,
who had persuaded his mother to ruin herself
by mortgaging what property she possessed, all for
the gratification of his strumpet.             The news-
papers had lengthy accounts of the elopement of
 the beautiful Mrs. Gill.       They went to Ca-
racus, I think, on the isthmus.           There he
took a fever and died, she deserting him
previously.   (This she confessed to Miss Coo-
per, recently, in one of her temporary, two-
penny-ha penny fits of remorse, which never
result in a grain of reformation; which are
only the rinsings out of the sediment of her sin,
folly and selfishness.)      She returned to
New York, possibly with Rawson, though I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page twenty-eight
Description:Describes a conversation with Mrs. Potter and Miss Cooper about Mrs. Theodore Griffin's past.
Date:1860-01-23
Subject:Cooper, Lucia; Gill; Gill, Miss; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Thompson; Thompson, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.