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	          Brentnoll and Hill.
tiously and hurriedly packed up their baggage
paid Mrs. Boley and decamped to a Beach Street
boarding-house, taking the Englishmen with them.
Boweryem visited the house once, finding Hill in
Miss Martin s room.        Since then it is understood
that the quartette has moved to Fordham.       The
Britons neglect their business, don t appear at the
shop for days together.      Brentnoll is a coarse-look-
ing fellow, said to be educated; he sang blatantly
at the piano, loafed about on the sofas in the par-
lor during daytime and offended the women by
demi-rude speeches.     Hill seemed slow and res-
pectable.     Of course the women have the worst
suspicions of the intimacy, though Mrs Boley says
she don t know of any visits to one another s
rooms, that it may be only wilfulness and folly.
Anyway an edifying episode.       The proposed
trip to the Phalanx with Boweryem didn t come
off, at which he may congratulate himself, for
these two women would certainly have done some-
thing to get him in disgrace with Mary Buckley,
to whom he says he is engaged to be married, or next
to it.           Out in the afternoon, down town.   Met
Welden and anon Banks.       A rain-storm drove
the latter and myself into a lager-bier place, where
Banks talked for an hour, among other things
giving me particulars of a row he had, at Pfaff s,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Regarding Lotty's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at Gunn's boarding house.
Date:1860-08-18
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Brentnall; Buckley, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hill; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Martin, Julia; Welden, Charles; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach 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.