Lotty in my Attic.
Haney to the girls and I to him (dating from
the Tombs!) about my getting arrested on board
the Great Eastern, for stealing things and being
brought to the city in irons Haney, F. Leslie
and Dixon combining to bail me out.
2. Thursday. To Harper s early. McLenan
there and Du Chaillu, the African traveller and
discoverer of gorillas. A thin, little, shrewd-looking
Frenchman. Saw Bonner, read proof, got pay.
Newman came, fussy as usual. Called at
Frank Leslie s, who had not yet returned to the
city, then home and to scribbling. Wrote
all the afternoon and evening till midnight; long
account of excursion. As I sat at work in
the hot, quiet, afternoon, door and window wide
open, nobody in the three other attics, myself in
shirt-sleeves and trousers, blazing away writing,
I was surprised by Lotty!x I turned and
saw her suddenly at my elbow, looking espe-
cially brilliant and pretty. She had come with
Julia Martin, about board for the latter, which
Mrs Boley hadn t been able to effect. Lotty
stayed about ten minutes.
3. Friday. Chores and drawings five sket-
ches in illustration of article out once or twice, up
and down town, to washerwoman and elsewhere,
getting tired out by 3. Doze, packing carpet bag,
x It was her birthday. She is 25.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirty-three|
|Description:||Describes a visit by Lotty to his boarding house.|
|Subject:||Boley, Susan; Bonner, John; Dixon, E.H.; Du Chaillu, Paul B.; Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Martin, Julia; McLenan, John; Newman; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|