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	         Banks in Crinoline.
with its French lithographs, little counter and
distant billiard-table looked very sunny, cool
and Parisian.    Dr Dolby    the sporting Doctor, 
he who visited me during my sickness, who writes
for the Clipper, and was getting out a Flash Dic-
tionary, boards here, too.    I talked with him while
Banks breakfasted and the Doctor professed to
be under a cloud.      Off with Banks.    Going
down Church street, in its present state of demo-
lition, a very respectable looking elderly man stop-
ped to speak with my companion.       I commented
on his appearance and was told the nature of
his communication.   His wife possesses a large
private lying-in establishment, at which it had
been intended that some girl ( in society, by Jove, 
said Banks) should give birth to the result of
an amour with some young fellow, a friend
of his   and of her family (!)    Miscalculating
her time, she had gone into the country, to visit
her uncle, relying on the present fashion to con-
ceal her figure, and there produced her bastard.
Forthwith Banks began to eulogize crinoline,
with  They ll never give it up! never!     The
respectable man had remonstrated about his keep-
ing a room vacant for a customer.            To the
Pine street pier, East River, and aboard the
Devonshire.   Found Bellew, wife and child in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Regarding a story told by Banks about a girl who went to the countryside to secretly give birth.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Dolby, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Pregnancy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Church 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.