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	      Mrs G. s Johnny. 
tation, the subject of much comment and
ridicule at West Point and Cold Spring.  She
bought a telescope, in order to look at him from
her side of the river, used to get ferryied over in
boats, conveying demi-johns of wine or spirits, se-
creting them in given places for Johnny s fin-
ding.       He was a  temperance  youth, didn t
drink either himself, but purveyed them in this
fashion for the comfort of his messmates, who
are debarred from such indulgences by strict
military rule.    They joked him on his con-
quest, tattled of seeing the pair kissing and em-
bracing in  flirtation  and the other available
localities of the place.      The woman wrote two
or three-line letters in answer to long schoolboy
ones of his concoction.     Once he crossed the
river on the ice, got a ducking and had to
return to the Point in clothes of her lending.
On her coming to New York, she wrote to him
stating that her illness and threatened insanity
were directly owing to her passion for him, that
he must come on and marry her.       The boy
did the first as narrated, and accidentally encoun-
ered Warb. Gouverneur and a droll scene oc-
curred between them, Mrs. Pot being present.
 She told me she never loved your brother,  said
Johnny,  but he was so much in love with her,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page thirty-one
Description:Describes a conversation with Mrs. Potter and Miss Cooper about Mrs. Theodore Griffin's past.
Date:1860-01-23
Subject:Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gouverneur, Warburton; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; Upham, Johnny; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.