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	     A brazen Baggage.
light   a pleasant, idle time.     Sally fell to my
share more than the others, and we had all
sorts of confidences   of which more here-after.
  8.  Wednesday.  A ride on horseback with
Eliza, to Quackenkill, about 13 miles of it,
there and back.    Pretty Catskill-like scenery.
The day sultry, though once a promise of rain
drove us into a house for ten minutes.     A bathe
in the second pond with Knudsen and Jack in
the afternoon.      It s a fine sheet of water, with
copse on one side of it.     All of us in wagon,
with Collard driving, to Quackenkill, in the eve-
ning, in the expectation of meeting Haney, by
the coach, but he didn t come.     All singing and
chorusing the whole way, there and back.      Either
this evening or the last there was a good deal of
noise down stairs, in consequence of our host, in
his capacity of constable, having arrested a woman 
for leaving her husband and cohabiting with ano-
ther man.       She had slept in the woods for a
night or two, to avoid arrest.        During her exam-
ination, in the hall below, all the folks hereabouts
assembled, and much laughter and perspiration
was evolved.    She was a brazen baggage and
would make remarks which set the whole crowd
whooping, offering to kiss a man, then and there
for a glass of brandy.        Collard had to lock her
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Describes a vacation at Grafton, New York, with the Edwards family.
Date:1860-08-07
Subject:Collard; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Grafton, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.