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	A Boarding House Row
undressed and asleep on the sofa, a half
finished poem about the coming of the Prince
of Wales on the table.    I omitted putting down
one incident of his row with House.       After
the struggle, the latter demanded repayment
of monies loaned to O Brien, who responded,
in his Mulberry Hawk voice,  I was not aware,
Sir, that I owed you anything!       House stated
the amount.                Loafing all the evening.
Three just-arrived Britishers in the parlor,
going to board here.
  15. Sunday.  Jolly row in the hall, after
breakfast, between a little beast of a Cuban
or German, I don t know which, and a Phila-
delphian who wanted to punch his head, apro-
pos of some lying he d been guilty of about 
another boarder who had left without paying
up, and had his trunk detained in consequence.
Cuban had stated Philadelphia would be res-
ponsible.   Which Philadelphian knows to be
something of a rogue, having boarded with him
in the Quaker city.     Both adversaries have lift,
Cuban s baggage having been subjected to the
same sharp practice as his acquaintance.        Wri-
ting till 4.          Phillips of the Ill. News up,
supped with me.       Out together.  I to 745,
Mr Edwards convalescing on the sofa, Honey
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and four
Description:Describes a fight between a Cuban and a man from Philadelphia in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Honeywell, Charles; House; O'Brien, Fitz James; Poetry; Searle, January (G. S. Phillips)
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.