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              The Husband of  Mrs. Potiphar. 
Slip, there spending a doggy hour and a half.
The poor dogs  ears were cut while I was pre-
sent and other canine business transacted.   Up
town by 2  .    Writing in the afternoon.      Stove
put up   the open grate stove of last winter
around which I ve known cheery faces which
I miss now.       In the evening to 16th, to Haney s.
With him and Hayes (whose father and mother
are in Boston) throughout the evening.  We went
out for an hour to the residence of a Mr Hought,
in the 5th avenue, where a sale of pictures and
furniture was to take place on the three following
days.     The man is a millionaire, his wife an 
acknowledged fashionable woman.   The house or
such portion of it as we saw, was handsome,
millionairish and gorgeously furnished, the
pictures detestable, and the proprietor, an el-
derly hardfeatured, baldish man with a mousta-
che walked to and fro among the spectators,
very drunk, smoking a handsome pipe and
objectionably garrulous, talking demi-coarsness
to women.            He has let his house to a club
and his family are in Paris, hence the sale.
In Hayes  room after till near 12.
  17.  Wednesday.  Another doggy morning,
at Harry Jennings .      This man keeps a
rat-pit and an arena for fighting dogs;
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page fifty-nine
Description:Describes attending a sale of Mr. Hought's furniture.
Date:1860-10-16
Subject:Dogfighting ; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes; Hayes, Mrs.; Hayes, Edward; Hought; Hought, Mrs.; Jennings, Harry; Journalism
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):5th Avenue
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.