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      Mort Thomson shows the White Feather.
the  patriot  which pretence Meagher threw cold water on.
It was then he lied about having written for  House-
hold Words  pointing out certain stories, which
subsequently appeared in book-form, in with the
real author s name on the title-page.    Briggs told
Haney of this, long ago.                   Story about
of Barney Williams menacing Mort Thomson, who
had written adverse criticism or in coarse taste about William s
wife.      Barney accosted Mort at a theatre, told
him he wouldn t strike him, because he, Mort,
knew Williams to be a wealthy man and would
make money of it, but if there were any one word
which would provoke Mort to give occasion for being
licked, by taking the initiative in a fight, he
Williams would apply it to him.     Furthermore
he shook his glove in Mort s face and asked him
whether he possessed any of the  Pluck  he lectu-
red about.      So its said.
  15.  Sunday.  Writing till dinner-time.  After,
doze, then to Weehawken with Boweryem, returning
by 8.          To Edwards .      The family, Honeywell
and Haney there, presently Morris.           Mattie
in a new silvery-gray mohair frock, with
 bishop-sleeves, ornamented at the shoulders with 
dark green buttons, with blue decorations like
leaves rising from her  dainty, dainty waist, sure-
ly one of the prettiest of  pretty virginities.    Poor
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Describes an incident between Mort Thomson and Barney Williams.
Date:1860-04-14
Subject:Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Briggs, Charles F.; Clothing and dress; Edwards, Martha; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Meagher; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); O'Brien, Fitz James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Williams, Barney; Williams, Barney, Mrs.
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.