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	A Shifty and Sponging Family.
  11.  Sunday.  Squally and rainy, turned
out to go to Haney and returned.  Damoreau
up, stayed to dinner and after.     He has heard
of Lotty s coming departure for England, from
her aunt, Mrs. Winchester, who has  bought  Lotty s
piano, after the fashion of the family.      There
never was such an extraordinary lot as they are
  all of them.     The amount of borrowing, sponging,
getting things on credit, on half and quarter pay-
ments, eked out God knows how, or wholly ig-
nored, that the tribe have been, time out of mind,
addicted to, must be enormous.      These Winchesters,
now, work on the feelings of Charley s good, old
maiden sister, when she lends them $100, which
she is now  taking out  in board.     They were  wild, 
too, says Charley, to get the remainder of her
savings - $200 or $300,   to throw them into
the hyper-phosphates, offering her unlimited board, for the
interest alone!         Charley advised her against it,
wherefore the little shop.           Mrs. Winchester is
the worthy sister of the ex-Mrs. Kidder.       Making
a tremendous parade of economy she yet squanders
money or runs in debt for articles of furniture,
altogether pretentious and superfluous; with an
affectation of regard and esteem for one another
the inmates of the house are all full of hates and jealousies
and as miserable as they can be.         The hyper-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page ninety-six
Description:Describes Mrs. Kidder's sister Mrs. Winchester and the traits of her family.
Date:1860-11-11
Subject:Brown, Emma; Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-27

 

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.