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	 Thirsty Swallows Singing.
and didn t care much about it.     Parted
at Union Square and separately home-
wards.     Looking into Shepherd s room
on my way upstairs, I found only O Brien
there, stretched out on the sofa, which he had
drawn transversely across the room, read-
ing.    Shepherd himself had come home
drunk at the supper-table, with a companion,
a teacher of music, who sang in the parlor,
at the piano, while Shepherd made love
to Mrs. Ham and anon assisted in car-
rying a clothes-basket into her room.  Sub-
sequently they went out together, returning
at 4 in the morning, when they originated
a most infernal row, singing  When
the swallows  homewards fly,  on the
doorstep, up-stairs and in the bath-room,
whither Mrs. Boley went to remonstrate
with them.     O Brien was in Shepherd s
room but sober; he didn t join them.
  Jones, too, was made inebriated by some
of his companions.    I heard them bringing
him in, at 1 o clock.        He shares the room
next to mine, with Bradshaw.
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Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and forty-two
Description:Regarding N. G. Shepherd and a companion singing at 4 o'clock in the morning at his boarding house.
Date:1860-09-22
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Bradshaw; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Jones (boarder); O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Union Square
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.