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	          Mrs. Winchester.
and called on Oliver, who goes into the country
in a day or two.   Sat awhile with him, Nichols
and another, then to 20th street to the house of
a Mr. Winchester, where were Damoreau and
his good sister.    Mrs Winchester is was
the widow of George Brown, previous to her last
marriage and is, of course, the sister of Mrs
Morse, once Rebecca Kidder, mother to Lotty.
Since the death of her brother, Miss Brown has
kept up an intimacy with his widow; having failed
in business in Buffalo, she, returning to New York
with the intention of staying here, accepts her ex-sister s
temporary hospitality.       Charley has been a visitor
at the house, ever since his residence in this city.
I had never seen this aunt of Lotty s, familiar
as I was, seven and eight years ago, at the
house of the then Mrs Kidder, and frequently
as I have heard her talked of, by  Becky  and
by the Browns.  When I lived at Dobson s in
Canal Street, George Brown, previous to his coming
marriage with her, took me into the back parlor,
which he and Albert then occupied, to show me the
portrait of his destined bride, whom he talked of
as a lady of high literary and poetical ability.
There are allusions to her scattered throughout my
Diary.   She has been a handsome woman, is
now plump and passee, says she was born in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Regarding Mrs. Winchester, formerly Mrs. Brown.
Date:1860-08-26
Subject:Brown, Albert; Brown, Emma; Brown, George; Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Oliver; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Nichols, Edward; Winchester; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Banbury, [England]
Coverage (Street):20th Street; Canal 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.