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                  The Humbug at Gravity.
conventional character,  easy things to understand, 
suppose its opposite implies honesty, seriousness
of purpose.       Conman Dick Gunn, my cousin and
fellow-voyager across the Atlantic, was an ex-
emplification of it, in a coarse way, with that little,
common mouse-smelling Sarah Mouatt.  Billington,
who devoted all his spare time to hunting after
carrion of the feminine order, is another instance.
He is grave, not to say dull, gentlemanly in ex
terior, nasal, tall, rather good-looking, after
the Yankee type of it   that is to say black-haired
and wilful-jawed.       He is a minister s son, too, which
further accounts for his libertinisms.        He s after
Miss Waite, now   who is able to take care of her-
self.    Morris is another example, but his weakness,
(twin-characteristic to his amiability) restricts
his scope.      But he is grave, his mirth being of
the feminine, easy-to-understand order.      And
thus ends my lucubration.                  Damoreau
left me at the Edwards  gate at 9  , and I 
found the girls and Haney in the basement as
usual, presently re-inforced by Jack and papa
and mama.      I talked to the latter a good while,
then to Sally.    Matty was occupied with Haney
and Eliza only broke her decidedly conceited silence
to say a rude thing on my addressing her.      These
girls, barring Sally, have been spoiled into a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page fifty-six
Description:Regarding John Ware and Billington.
Date:1860-06-27
Subject:Billington; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Mouatt, Sarah; Waite, Olive (Bragg); Ware, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.