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	A Frenchman s Room.
floors as might be found in the Quartier
Latin.    There were all those indications of
a love of ornament and making the most of
everything which is such a pleasant French
trait, which an English or American bache-
lor would hardly think of.   Cornices, gilt,
over the windows, a tent-bed, a queerly-
shaped angular table with a heavy stone
receptacle for tobacco on it, no end of
pipes, in two rows, on the wall, from the well-
blackened brule gueule to Chinese and Turkish.
Lithographs and engravings on the sides of
the room, a tastily-arranged stand of arms
in the adjoining one, above it   inevitable in
a bachelor Frenchman s room   a photograph
of a nude woman, face turned from you.
The Frenchman were very hospitable and pronoun-
ced my appearance in the Zouave suit a
great success.     We smoked pipes drank more
claret and I parted with them, carrying
away the suit at about 10.        Writing
afterwards and awhile in Ledger s room.
  13.  Tuesday.   Writing letter 2 to the
 Era.    Out to Besnard s and with him to
yet another Frenchman s to borrow gaiters and
leggings, for my calves were too big for the
authentic Zouave s nether costume.    Back
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page ninety-nine
Description:Describes the decorations in Besnard's room.
Date:1860-03-12
Subject:Besnard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Rondel
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.