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        Lotty  mad  at me.     O Brien drunk.
young Englishman of the too-civil by half order,
who knew Lotty at 14th street, and who boards
here just now.      We have a great many new
faces, and some old ones have disappeared.   Ho-
nest Miss Trainque leaves to-day.          Lotty
told Boweryem she was  mad at me    beause
I didn t espouse her cause against Kinnie!    She
may let her madness develop itself in foaming at
the mouth before I play bully to her queenship.   I
don t care further for her acquaintance; shall
probably hear as much as I want, without the
bother of it, from Boweryem.  He ll go.
  Another O Brienism.   He sold a poem to the
Harper s last week and immediately gave a din-
ner on the proceeds, turning up on Friday night
or rather Saturday morning in Shepherd s room,
when he must needs have  Daisy  out to supper.
Subsequently he bought large quantities of fruit
and lay in wait in the street, during the row,
chill day-down, for an early milkman, to get
Shepherd s ewer filled, that he might compound
milk-punch.    This he only succeeded in doing
after divers failures, in consequence of his curd-
ling the milk by squeezing lemons into it.  Finally
he went to sleep on the sofa and there lay till
noon.      Our landlady complains that the cham-
bermaid can t get into the room to make the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and twenty-six
Description:Mentions that Lotty is angry at him and describes an incident involving Fitz James O'Brien.
Date:1860-09-10
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Ginnerty, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kinne; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):14th 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.