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	At Pfaffs, 745 and Elsewhere.
to find George Arnold, Bob Gun hoping to get
Yewell s Parisian address from him, I having
written Gun a letter of introduction.  Arnold
was there, in the  Bohemian  cellar, with Walt
Whitman and Mullen, whom I saw for the
first time   a coarse-looking young fellow, with
his coat off, in deference to the sultriness of
the evening.    I left soon and went to 745.
Haney, Welles and the girls there, Eliza on
sofa, indisposed and soon went to bed.   Talk-
ing, first, with Sally, then Matty and a pleasant
time of it.      Presently Jack came down and
anon Mrs. Edwards, Paterfamilias being un-
well and abed.     Stayed till 11 as usual, and
turning out, Haney and I turned into a newly-
opened  Canterbury Hall,  where was singing
dancing, buffoonery and clamor of applause
in progress.         Leaving this, in half an hour,
encountered Mort Thomson, fresh or rather
weary, from the office, where he had been  noticing 
a new burlesque of Brougham s.      With Mort
Haney went off.    Thomson looked jaded, I thought,
as if Life were not  all beer and skittles  to him,
even with Grace Eldredge for Queen-pin.      When
I got home, I found Bob Gun and Shepherd in
the latter s room engaged in writing libellous
fictions of each other on the margins of newspapers,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty-seven
Description:Mentions visits to Pfaff's, Canterbury Hall, and the Edwards family.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Edwards, George; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mullen, Edward F.; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Shepherd, N.G.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward; Whitman, Walt; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.