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I turned out with Rondell, had some ale
at the  Optimus  and then we parted.   Evening
to Chapin s, the Edwards  pew.       All the girls
came, with Jack, Nast and Honeywell.       I left
them (or rather Jack and Eliza, with whom I had
walked homewards) at Bleecker Street and
pretty soon betook myself to bed, with a bad
headache, which wasn t improved by Bob Gun,
Cahill, Billington and Shepherd s proceedings
in the adjoining room.    The two first were very
drunk; they had all been playing cards in
Ledger s room during the evening.    They answer-
ing my remonstrance in pounding on the wall by
doing the like with increased diabolic uproar,
I was exasperated into a descent on  em, which
presently induced quiet.    Didn t sleep till daylight.
  13.  Monday.  Writing &c.  Down-town to P.
O.  Courier,  &c.   Passed Grace and Nelly,
anon Matty and Sally in Broadway, not ob-
serving the latter, of which I was reminded
by  em in the evening.      Haney came to supper.
Joined him at Edwards in an hour or two.
The girls and Jack present, anon Nast. (Mr.
and Mrs E. at the theatre.)  Talk, chaff and
fun.     Got into a long confidential talk with
Sally about Nast, to his intense misery
and, I judge, jealousy.     He might have
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-one
Description:Mentions a party at his boarding house and a talk with Sally Edwards about Thomas Nast.
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Ledger, Arthur; Nast, Thomas; Rondel; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.