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          Bob Gun back from Cuba.
                           July.
  1.  Sunday.  Chores and writing when up
comes Bob Gun! returned from Havana,
after a three weeks sailing voyage.  Shepherd
present.   Great interchange of news, Bob ha-
ving none of all that had transpired since his
departure.    He looked extremely well, much
reddened by the Cuban sun and talked freely
of everything but of his employment.  While
in Havana he boarded at the house, over the
room recently occupied by Mrs Levison, on her
stay there.       Mrs Boley chummed him in the
big, back second floor, formerly occupied by
Kettle and Berger.       He went off to accompany
a Cuban to the Central Park in the afternoon.
  With Boweryem to visit Morris, near 25th 
street, in Broadway, finding him atop of a tall
house, in a room that smelt strongly of plaster,
packing his trunk for tomorrow s journey, with
the shutters closed (though the night was oppres-
sively hot) that the neighbors shouldn t espy
him engaged in such a degrading occupation.
Half and hour there, then off, I quitting
Boweryem at Edwards , at 10.     Haney just
going, but stayed twenty minutes in the passage,
the girls wanting to decide about where to go on
the Fourth.        Went away soon myself.    Rather
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy-two
Description:Regarding Bob Gun's return to New York from Havana, Cuba.
Date:1860-07-01
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Burger; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kettle; Levison, William, Mrs.; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Havana, Cuba
Coverage (Street):25th Street; Broadway
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.