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                   Feminine  Spirit. 
fictitious estimate of themselves, by our letting
them see how much we liked them.       Haney
acknowledged, forlornly, on our leaving, that he
should hardly know how to get along there,
but for Matty.    Sally hardly says a word to
him and Eliza is alternately, friendly familiar
and insolent.       To me, Matt is good-
humored, not very conversational, Sally always
so, Eliza rude.                             But why blame
the girl after all?       It is in the d____d atmos-
phere   universal on this side of the Atlantic,
from the Fifth Avenue belle to the shop-girl.
There s the girl Lizzie Woodward,  tother evening,
established a row with Shepherd, on some perfectly
unintended offence, which she only discovered on
thinking over it, so she returns to the parlor,
tells him he is  no gentleman,  won t accept any
apology, goes and cackles about it to the other
women and in short behaves like a thoroughly
ill-bred American  young lady  of spirit.    Shep-
herd, a little drunk, she says, made some
remark about her dress, intending to be compli-
mentary.     She perverted it into a reflection on 
her shop-girl position.                I got a letter
from poor Mary Anne to-day.   She has received
letters from my mother, Naomi, and  a piece
of poetry from Rosa,  talks of our father s sick-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page fifty-seven
Description:Comments on the Edwards girls, Lizzie Woodward, and American women in general.
Date:1860-06-27
Subject:Boardinghouses; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Shepherd, N.G.; Women; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Fifth Avenue
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.