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   A drowned man and drunken  Biddy. 
in consequence but a boat put him where
he wanted to be.      Quitting the pier, we saw
the body of a drowned man in the water, a
loathsome spectacle, black, rotten, its clothes
scarcely distinguished from its body, I should
have supposed it a log or mummy but for
the arm and hand.     It lay more than half sub-
merged, by some oyster-smacks, close against
the street wharf, a knot of people looking at it.
  Return, with Ledger.      Writing.
  20.  Tuesday.   Down-town in the morning.
Don t remember what in the afternoon or
evening, but in-doors.         I didn t put down
one incident apropos of our Bal Masque.  The
chambermaid, getting inebriated in an early part
of the evening, stowed herself away in the myste-
rious closet-cupboard ordinarily occupied by our
landlady s loafing son, Albert Boley.     This closet
is not in a room, but on the landing-place, close
by the Kinnie s door and Boweryem s, and for
a long time I have wondered at the girls shouting
to this interesting Albert, bidding him get out of 
bed, at 2 or 5 in the afternoon.                Well, as
little Boweryem had disappeared at about
the same time as the chambermaid, our land-
lady s suspicions fell upon him, unjustly, as it
proved, for Albert found the woman in his bed
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Regarding seeing a drowned man floating in the harbor.
Date:1860-03-19
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boweryem, George; Ginnerty, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Women; Working class 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.