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	           And its Result.
it again and oblidge, your sincere friend
Susan Boley. 
  Morris was at first suspicious, but a little
perjury and a good deal of equivocation, convin-
ced him of the letter s authenticity.    So, by judi-
cious management, he was indirectly persuaded
to write an answer, involving a statement of
the case, reflections on the false delicacy of the
supposed fair complainants and side allusions to
Mrs. Kinney s presumed habit of ventilating her
eye at key-holes!           Mrs. Boley was a little
sick and didn t appear at the supper-table,
but the letter brought her up to Morris s room
in the evening, when he showed her her imagi-
ned one and the joke exploded.           He took
it in good part and we all laughed in Ledger s 
room between 12 and 1, till the folks below
wondered what was the matter.
  6.  Tuesday.  Finished letter to the  Era,  in
London.    Ledger s brother owns and he himself
has a share in it.            I want to get the office
of New York correspondent.      Sam Beazley,
years ago, did the literary, perhaps theatrical
criticism for this paper; odd if his ex-pupil ap-
pear in it.         To Bellew s; he out; took car
and, with Ledger, who got in at Bleecker St,
down town.     Went up in  Vanity Fair  Office, af-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page eighty-eight
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:Beazley, Samuel; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kinne, Mrs.; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.