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           Reportorial and Miscellaneous.
the latter of whom has lost all his former
good-looks and is now very Chatham-Steety
in appearance.   To the World Office, there wri-
ting till 8, in a horribly nervous and miserable
condition, then into car to Houston Street where
I dined and presently to bed, feeling as ill as
though I had a high nervous fever and as tired
as if I had been traveling without pause, for
a week.                   Waud mentioned Powell s
having chronicled Bellew s departure in F. Les-
lie s paper, adding that he had gone to take
command of a regiment of Irish militia!
  13.  Thursday.  To an auctioneer of rare books,
with Boweryem, then hither and thither, then
down town.    Returning met Mort Thomson and
Ottarson.           Went to Mrs Murray, once my
washerwoman, whom I encountered in the street
some days ago and who called upon me soliciting
me to write a letter for her.     I found her daugh-
ter, a child whom I used to kiss and give pen-
nies to, six years ago, grown into a pretty, sober
faced girl of fifteen.         The letter was to solicit
her husband s pardon, the man having been con-
demned to six month s imprisonment and stop-
page of pay, on charge of desertion from the
army, out west.          In the afternoon, again to
Jones Wood, to see Blondin.   Here s my account
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Regarding a visit to Mrs. Murray by her request to write a letter for her.
Date:1860-09-12
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Blondin, Charles; Boweryem, George; Eytinge, Clarence; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military deserters; Murray; Murray, Mary; Murray, Mrs.; New York world.; Ottarson; Powell, Thomas; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, William; Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Chatham Street; Houston 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.