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	   Boweryem in Philadelphia
He writes about Philadelphia picturesqueness
and greenery, squirrels, birds &c., wants that
$5 lent to Cahill, bids me  tell Lizzie Woodward
he loves her as much as ever,  mentions a certain
 old flame  of his in the Quaker city, who jilt-
ed him (his usual luck apparently), philosophizes
thereon   thus.   All women set out as the future
brides of the Fortunate Prince, but the beggars and
tinkers of this world have yet no lack of drabs and
trulls to halve their offal and double their cares. 
He has met one Newbould,  who seems to know
me; talks of the Philadelphia papers, of  the
prettiest chambermaid he ever saw,  who recently
entered his room and who, had she remained,
 might have been Mrs. Boweryem No 2. some-
day;  of  a beautiful bride  gathering a nose-
gay for him and decorating his button-hole;
when the newly-made husband applauded so
that it was evident that  his heart was racked
with jealousy, and that his mind misgave him
for quenching the small flame of his bachelor
life.            Further, he requests me to say
amiable things to the Phalanx folks, if I see
 em, telling me I may  go very strong on Mary. 
The letter reminds me oddly of Barth, who
in some respects was like Boweryem.    At
 Momus  work all the morning, down-town with
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Describes a letter from George Boweryem, written in Philadelphia.
Subject:Barth, William; Boweryem, George; Bucklin, Mary; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Newbould; Women; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.