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	    Still out of sorts
John dozing in the show-room and returned.
Presently Sally appeared and Haney.      It was
the firelight hour, the gloaming; I left the twain
sitting together on the sofa in the dusk, slipped
out into the streets and went to Blakeman s.
His house was fragrant of turkey and he at din-
ner.    I sat drearily, looking into his little rear-
garden, remembering its summer aspect, un-
til the good doctor came, listened to and prescri-
bed for me   assafoetida-pills and something in
the iron and gentian way.      Returning, I found Ha-
ney, Eliza and Matty on the door-step, looking 
out for me.    I felt so morbid and desolate that
it touched me to the quick that they should be doing
it.      Down-stairs to supper, talk and cards after,
playing whist, vingt-un &c.      Enter Nichols,
Crockett and young Polhemus.   General vingt-un,
I keeping bank; a good deal of mirthful cheating.
Mr. and Mrs. George Edwards appeared, and much
later Anne, who had been spending her holiday
with the Kings.      Dancing and singing predomi-
nant till past midnight, of which I only partook
at the earlier part, for I had a burning head-
ache, my limbs burnt and ached horribly and I
was generally out of sorts.     Sally was especially
sought by Nichols as a partner and rattled
away with him at a great rate.      Crockett, a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes Thanksgiving Day spent with the Edwards family.
Date:1860-11-29
Subject:Blakeman, William; Card games; Crockett, John; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Medical care; Medicine; Nicholas, John G.W.; Physicians and surgeons; Polhemus; Thanksgiving Day
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-29

 

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.