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	in 132 Bleecker Street.
has just returned from visiting a monied brother
in New England whom he wants to  take hold
of  some of his inventions.  Phillips is hideously
in debt to Mrs. Boley, who declares that he
must go soon, if he don t produce some money;
who is down upon  them inventions,  and thinks
that  that engagement  with honest Miss Trainque
 is off.   Fyte or Fite (I don t know how to spell
his name) is another occupant of this room, a
nervous-looking, beardless young man, not un-
like Cahill in general appearance.       Is good-
humored, talks in a high voice, as if excited,
and calls our landlady, as indeed do most of
the others, by the pleasant nick-name of  Muddy 
  supposed an abbreviation for mother.      Richard-
son is another occupant, a strong-built, loud-
speaking young fellow, like the Fite, in some
clerkish berth on Broadway; I think in a
photographic establishment.   Fite is in a
fire-work store.         Next floor, most of the rooms
empty, which is bad for Mrs Boley.     Street
floor all woman-kind, the two Woodward
girls occupying the big back parlor, once our
dining-room.       Both of them  tend store  in
Broadway and Lizzie sits beside me at the
dinner-table.   We are very good friends in spite
of my occasional taciturnity and her sharp
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page twenty-seven
Description:Describes the current boarders at his boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1860-10-04
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Fite; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Phillips; Richardson (boarder); Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Woodward, Lizzie (Fite); Woodward, Susan
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker Street; Broadway
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.