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                Bob Gun departs for England.
and throwing them out of the window into the yard!
  10.  Tuesday.  Writing all the morning and till
4, then, by omnibus to the Battery, to see Bob
Gun off for Boston, from whence he starts to-mor-
row for Liverpool, having taken his passage in
the Europa yesterday.    A lovely summer s day, the
usual crowd attending a steam-boat s departure; 
only myself to see Gun off, a contrast to his
farewell for Havana.        A kindly fellow, albeit
over prone to the sins that grow out of the frailties
of the flesh.      He proposes going first to his na-
tive Scotland ( Crieff near Madderty  or vice versa)
then to London and Paris, to return to New
York in November.    He intends to look out for
Cahill in London and has taken the newspaper
extracts about his defalcation, for Cahill s edifica-
tion.    Apropos of that young man, he had the vani-
ty and presumption to point out Matty Edwards
in Broadway, to Bob Gun, as a girl he was en-
gaged to be married to, naming the month
when the wedding was to come off!  This over a
year ago.      I wonder whether he told the same lie
to others.       He was loose-souled enough in every
way.       Whether from him or Gun, McCulloch
had ascertained Ledger s presumed vocation, and
he aspired to be admitted to the honorable craft of
Judas Iscariotism!         It edifying to find how
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty-eight
Description:Regarding the departure of Bob Gun for England.
Date:1860-07-09
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Martha; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; McCulloch
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (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.