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	   An Explanation with Eliza.
come in at daybreak or later, very drunk, want-
ing Shepherd to go out and have a cocktail with
him.     Towards evening I saw him again, with
Shepherd and two others,  hard-looking  men, one
occupying O Brien s morning position, but dressed.
 Fitz,  as Shepherd calls him, talked with Sir Mul-
berry Hawk-like accent and his hands were swollen
and bruised.   The little room was hot, in spite of
the day s coolness, and it smelt of men.   A
suggestive picture of Sunday life among  fast  men.
  Writing and phonography, in doors till evening.
Being too early for Chapin s (whose church opens to-
day) called on Banks, saw him and Dolby (the
first of whom has  sworn off  drinking till Christ-
mas) then to church, subsequently to 745,   Haney,
Brown and Honeywell there, and the
family, including Miss Ann, George Edwards
and wife.     Sitting between Sally and Eliza,
a great explanation was originated by the latter.
She had overheard me speaking of her and Matty
as American in construing and inventing offense,
in venting little insolences and bits of injustice
on myself, (it was during the walk on the evening
of the day of Matty s accident,) and Sally taxing 
her with inconsiderateness in what she said and
did, had introduced me as corobberating
it.   Eliza considered Americanism as involving
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and seven
Description:Describes a conversation with Eliza Edwards.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Brown, Mortimer; Dolby, Dr.; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.