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	    At 132 Bleecker Street.
ned to her.     It is rumored that Brentnoll is
engaged to marry his sister, and that he kept a
look-out upon his conduct with Lotty in consequence.
He, they say, was completely infatuated; would 
sit looking into her eyes, leaning his arm on her
knee or vice versa.      She sang brilliantly, vocife-
rously, exciting attention out of doors, she con-
versed so that even the women acknowledge her
attractiveness, she made loose, lying confidences
about her  husband  and position and scandal-
lized everybody by her behavior.   She took the
two men out for a day s pic-nic and excursion
within a day or two of their introduction; she
sat out on the rear-roof philandering until 3
or 4 in the morning; she kissed both of the men
in the presence of Boweryem (who she quite
threw over, barely speaking to him) and is
currently believed to have sent Brentnoll out
nocturnally for a bottle of brandy.   (This I can
credit   she took her schnapps at Fordham.)
The women cut her and cackled in private and
she defied  em.   Mrs Ham said she was  a bad
one,  Lizzie Woodward turned up her nose
and stood on her dignity, Mrs Boley grew in-
dignant and neglected Lotty s party at dinner,
only honest Miss Trainque found an apologetic
word for the prime offender, and she too, tired
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Regarding Lotty's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at Gunn's boarding house.
Date:1860-08-18
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Brentnall; Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Hill; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Martin, Julia; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Women; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker Street
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.