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	          A  Sell  on Morris.
(Dana) hadn t found time to read my ar-
ticle.   To  Courier  Office &c.   Writing all
the afternoon, and till near midnight.      A great
laugh, finally, in Ledger s room about a cer-
tain  sell  we ve effected on Morris.       Yester-
day the sound of the dinner-bell su^|r|prised him in
the bath-room (where he generally spends a consi-
derable portion of his Sunday mornings, boiling
himself) upon which he cut up stairs, sans trou-
sers.     Nobody except Shepherd, who was in Led-
ger s room, and Kettle, who was going down-stairs,
saw him, but we persuaded him that the cir-
cumstance had become a matter of conversation
among the women, and this morning, Bob Gun
indicted the following letter to him, from my rough
draught   in a feminine hand:
	 Mr. Maurice, Sir,
			       I hope you will please
excuse my mentioning it as I should not have
thought of doing so but for its being requested
by others whitch my position as keeping a decent
house oblidges my taking notice of boarders ob-
jections.      They say you was seen come out of
the bath-room yesterday without any pants on
wich as I have a number of young lady bor-
ders who if they was to see would be indeli-
cate to ^|their feelings to| the least of it.   Please don t do
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page eighty-seven
Description:Describes a prank played on Morris in which Gunn wrote him a letter supposedly from their landlady, Mrs. Boley.
Date:1860-03-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Dana, Charles A.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kettle; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Practical jokes; Shepherd, N.G.; 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.