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	    A Parcel from Home.
ing.      Left myself at 10 and did half a
page or so of scribbling.    Cahill came up on
the roof for ten minutes   the first time he
has appeared in the house since yesterday-mor-
ning   but soon went away again, not return-
ing all night.
  4.  Monday.  Writing  Momus  work.   Another
letter from Bob Gun, of no special interest.
And arrival of the home-parcel confided to
Simpson, Dick Bolton s friend, last November.
Little notes, a knick-knack from Hannah, an
ambrotye of Sam s wife (in which her pretty
face has sustained considerable damage, from
the glass on which it is photographed being acci-
dentally-cracked) and a pretty long letter from
Sam, in which he narrates his fortunes, since
his removal  from that wretched south-end of
London,  Walworth to  the top of the hill,  Har-
row.      I had my eye on the place before,  he wri-
tes,  so I sells my Walworth concern, after five
years, for about what I gave for it, makes a
journey and walks into this, now my shop, and
politely tells the old gentleman that I understood
his retail was for sale, a very great fib and
good guess.   x   x   I next got an introduction to
the Rev. Dr. Vaughan, head master of the
school, and thoroughly stocked the shop, spend-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seven
Description:Describes the arrival of a package from his family in England, including a letter from his brother, Sam.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boardinghouses; Bolton, Richard; Business; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Simpson (England); Vaughn, Dr.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Harrow, [England]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.