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	       Billington in Clover.
of Alfred Lane, I wonder?   However I know
the man pretty well from the report of others,
to-day adducing fresh testimony, of which anon.
Writing till past noon, and to Spring St. with
Morris, return and more scribbling.    By 4 to
Billington s lodgings, a pleasant, quiet house in
Beach Street, within sight of St. Johns Square,
the spring grass of which looked delicious in the
cool, sunny afternoon.       A fair-haired, fair-necked
girl with a pleasant face, one of Billington s pu-
pils, opened the door to me and I found him
in a decent upper room, smoking cigars of the
family s providing.    Gossipped half an hour.   He
takes his meals at an adjacent boarding-house,
gives lessons to the girls in English (or rather Ame-
rican) &c.       I saw the  tother, on my way out,
brightly-dressed, round-hatted, short-skirted
and young.      Papa a Broadway tradesman, his
wife more attractive than her daughters, says Bil-
lington.     Down-town, to half a dozen places.
At supper, fetched from the basement, by the ad-
vent of  two ladies.     Lotty and a friend of hers,
married daughters of Houston Street boarding-
house landlady.      Talked awhile with them, then
out to squire latter round the corner, but pursued
my walk with Lotty, on her allowing her friend to
enter unaccompanied.   Into Broadway and up
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Describes a visit to Billington and meeting one of his pupils.
Date:1860-04-12
Subject:Billington; Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Morris, James (K. N. Pepper)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street; Broadway; Houston Street; Spring 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.