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	          Eliza inquisitive.
again and other men whom I knew, plenty
of them.     The prince of Wales gave Blondin
 60 for his Niagara performance, which
didn t at all satisfy the Frenchman s expecta-
tions   he spoke contemptuously of it to me.  Af-
ter champagne with him and others, Larason
and I returned to the city, he leaving me at
8th street.    At Astor Place on my way to 745
I met Matty and Eliza and fulfilled my object
by giving the opera-tickets to the former.   Sup-
ped, wrote Blondin report, sent it down town
by the 3rd Avenue car, then to 745.   Sally
and Eliza entertaining young Rees and 
Welles.    Stayed till 11, talking mostly with
Eliza, who sang.         Mr Edwards is back
from Grafton, Haney gone this day to Bos-
ton, so reports Mr E.        Miss Anne came
home, and just as I left, Matty and Jack, 
from the opera.         Talking with Eliza on
the charge of  Americanism,  quoth she  I know
which of us you like best and it isn t Me. 
And she was inquisitive to know my estimate
of her face!
  22.  Saturday.  Did up operatice for Cou-
rier, then down-town.    In the editorial room
at Stedman s request, doing Mail-editor, that
is looking through innumerable exchances and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and forty
Description:Regarding payment given to Charles Blondin by the Prince of Wales for his performance, which payment Blondin did not find satisfactory.
Date:1860-09-21
Subject:Blondin, Charles; Edward VII, King of Great Britain; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; Larason; Reese; Tightrope walking; Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):3rd Avenue; 8th Street; Astor Place
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.