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	         Poor Miss Brown.
1819, has grown up sons and daughters by
her first husband Bartholomew.   (Apropos of
whom, I remember Tom Picton, who knew the
family once, denying that marriage, asserting that
Bartholomew was a rich man, who kept her as
his mistress.        One can t place much dependence
on what Picton says, and I never heard any-
thing to confirm the story, as I might have done
from Lotty or her mother, though it may be true
enough.)      One of these daughters is married to
a Mr Sturgis, who was present.         Judging from
her portrait painted by George Baker (he who
did that of Lotty; who is married to another
sister of the present Mrs. Morse) and from
photographs, she must be unusually handsome.
Charley does a little raving about her.    There s a
son in California, brother to this girl; she herself
has or has had a child.         Mrs Winchester was
conversable and hospitable and Miss Emma Brown
soon appeared, claimed me as one of her friends
and talked as of old.      I like this good maiden
sister of Charley s, none the less in spite of her
queer ways; I like her Englishness.         She adores
Charley, but is constantly objecting to this or that
of his opinions and expressions, and the drollest
scenes occur between them.    We supped in the
basement, Mr Winchester and others being present.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Describes a visit to the Winchesters and Emma Brown.
Date:1860-08-26
Subject:Baker, George; Bartholomew; Brown, Emma; Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Picton, Thomas; Sturgis, Mr.; Winchester; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.