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	        Midnight Musings.
graphing till noon, there to book-trade sale rooms,
saw Orton and got items.        Then to Bleecker
Street and dinner.    Writing article about trade
sale during the afternoon and making a draw-
ing on wood for  Nick-nax  in the evening.  It
is a dismal wet one, as I sit writing now,
rather lonely in my attic.  Boweryem and Shep-
herd are at the opera; I have but a limited
liking for it, or I should have gone myself.  I
had thought of going to Edwards  but sitting
talking on the sofa with Sally, the other
girls imperfectly conversable, and Haney, it
may be suspecting me, is an alloyed pleasure.
How I have liked these sisters and how
much or how little they care for it!   Talk-
ing with Sally, too, stirs up thoughts about
Hannah.        I wonder if this lonely life of
mine ever will terminate?     I used to do
the same, eight years ago.                 This
room ought to be ghostly with reminiscences,
when I recall the faces I have known in it.
Levison, Haney, Clapp, O Brien, Arnold,
Cahill, Bob Gun, Ledger and how many
beside!  I d like an hour of Cahill s company
now.    I thought of him ten minutes agone
when I put my head out of the window and
looked up at the wet, dreary clouds.  Foolish
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Muses about those who have lived in his boarding house and gone.
Date:1860-09-20
Subject:Arnold, George; Bennett, Hannah; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Ledger, Arthur; Levison, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Orton; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.