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           Ice-cream with pretty Matty.
by Anna Bradbury, she being with her
mother.       Returning soon, went into Mail-
lards  and had ice-cream.     Matty, dressed in
a light frock, with knitted open-work shawl,
red and white material, and rosy cheeks
looked very pretty.    Her eyes, like those of
Sally are light and so indefinite in color,
that it is difficult to describe them; there is 
light grey, with other equivocal shades   or
rather lights ^|in them| not very handsome eyes, though they
can look grave and kind and sweet on occa-
sion.    At night, owing to her extreme fairness,
they look almost dark blue.           Back to the
house.     Miss Ann there.    Haney and Eliza
returning; by 11 it was suggested that we
should turn out again to hear the serenade
by a band of music to the coffee-colored orient-
tals.     This time I walked with Jack, Miss
Ann with King, her  engaged,  Haney with
Matty.    Serenade didn t commence soon,
so we returned, I leaving them at Bleeck-
er Street.
  17.  Sunday.  A complete day s loafing.
Turned out at 9, to Addey s.    Bellew came;
out with him, a leisurely cock-tail and cigar
then to Haney s.    Loafed an hour or more
there, then out into the hot morning, through
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page forty
Description:Describes going out for ice cream with Matty Edwards.
Date:1860-06-16
Subject:Addey; Bellew, Frank; Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Clothing and dress; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Japanese; King, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.