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            Boweryem s Coitville Friends.
who made broad jokes over the dinner-table
about her childlessness, the husband having some
china-ware business in New York, and two
visitors, besides ourselves; a young man and his
wife.    Our host and hostess were very hospitable,
we dined in the kitchen, in our shirt-sleeves, after-
wards loafing pleasantly in the edge of the tall
Palisades, which their garden abutted on, looking
at the noble river and prospect.        The man owned
the house and grounds.       Returned to Fort 
Lee by a woody road and visited Dunn En-
glish, whom we found in the bosom of his fa-
mily.  He showed us pictures, took a brief
stroll with us, to point out historic localities and
dismissed us by the 5 o clock boat, which was
heavily-freighted with passengers.  Among them
we found our Coitville hostess, Mrs. Brough,
and her two guests.     To New York pleasant-
ly enough and supper.      Loafed away most
of the evening, partly on the leads in the rear
of the house, where most of the boarders assem-
bled.      Talking to the two Woodworth girls.
Boweryem, Phillips, Miss Trainque, the Ham,
Kettle and Miss Fagan there part of the time,
though they generally seceded by 9 o clock
only the Woodworths, Boweryem and a male
boarder whose name I don t know remain-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page six
Description:Describes visiting Boweryem's friends in Coitville and Fort Lee.
Date:1860-06-03
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Brough, Mrs.; English, Thomas Dunn; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Kettle; Phillips; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Women; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite); Woodward, Susan
Coverage (City/State):Coitville, [New Jersey]; Fort Lee, [New Jersey]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
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.