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	Boweryem s Ways.
a good deal in the hugging and kissing way with
her, Richardson with her sister.    Both are honest
girls enough, naturally want to get married, after
their kind.    Lizzie got a trick of saying  it s a
pity about  this or that, a popular vulgarism, to
an extent that everybody noticed and some folks
quizzed it; such phrases like proverbs, seem to
supply commonplace people with ready-made smart-
ness.    She used to be great in establishing tiffs
with people, but, as said, perhaps in dread of
getting a reputation for bad temper, she has 
modified its indulgence of late, though little Bow-
eryem is particularly unlucky in provoking it.
He has such extremely  cocky  ways, is really
so injudiciously forward and arbitrary, that it
needs toleration to stand it.        He never thinks
his opinions can be unwelcome.    The servant girls,
whom he orders about in regal style, are alterna-
tely rebelling and tittering at him.   He has an
immense capacity for creating enemies, I find.
I get along with him well enough, by dint of oc-
casional silence and a little judicious chaff.
Mrs. Ham shares her old room with a Miss
Emerson, also employed in the shop-business
on Broadway, a three weeks accession.        I
fancy there s more womankind too, as strange
faces appear at dinner; we ve a good deal of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes the current boarders at his boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1860-10-04
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Emerson, Miss; Fite; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Richardson (boarder); Women; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite); Woodward, Susan; Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (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.