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	  Somebody s Dignity Outraged.
Haney, on the back stoop, where we sat and tal-
ked to the occasional accompaniment of summer
lightning.   Presently the Rees  sister and brother
came to invite the girls to a visit to-morrow, asking Ha-
ney and myself also.       This Rees (there is another
brother) is but a shallow, coarsish fellow with a
superficial polish of French courtesy.     He did a
funny thing on the Fourth.  I had been  carrying
on  to amuse the children in the swing-hammock,
talking enormous nonsense, to their perfect amusement
when one inquired, with an  O! Mr Gunn!,  if
I always talked so!         I told her  No,  that I was
kept chained up in the city and only let out occ-
asionally for a holiday.     I should think so, too!
said Rees, marching away, indignantly, at which
I and the little girls roared.         He made a sort
of indirect apology by markedly asking me
to take wine with him subsequently.            Sally
and Eliza go with their father to Grafton
Centre tomorrow.      Stayed till 11  , walking
part of the way with Haney homewards.
  27.  Friday.  Out to P.O. and hither and
thither.  Writing.  At 4:50 P.M. to the pier from
which I saw Dick Bolton embark, to witness the
departure of the girls and their father.    Found Ha-
ney and Welles there.    At 5:50 the party appear-
ed with Knudsen, who accompanies them, and little
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes a Fourth of July incident with Rees.
Date:1860-07-26
Subject:Bolton, Richard; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Reese; Reese, Miss; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.