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            Good-bye to the dear Girls.
They were all very kind, their manner
implying a sense of my coming departure.   I
felt strangely doubtful as to the circumstances
under which I should next see that room again
and loved them dearly.      But I talked a good
deal and merrily, insomuch that I think
Sally was deceived into thinking that I felt very
little and regarded my journey in the light of
a holiday.    Presently John came in and Mr
and Mrs Edwards and anon Anne with Mr
King were spoken of as desiring my presence
in the work-room up-stairs.      I went according-
ly, Sally bearing me company.    Mr King had
written a letter or two of introduction for me,
and re-wrote one, half-flirting with Sally, while
we waited.      Down-stairs again, Jack pours
out the ale as usual and soon it is near 11
o clock.    Then I shake hands all round
and say good bye   for how long, I wonder?
and am all alone in the dreary wintry street
with strange expectations before me.   And the
girls climb upstairs to their warm beds where
God breathe peace and rest upon them and
bless them!
  Here I broke off on the night of my
departure, to resume my record on my return,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Describes his farewell to the Edwards family before leaving for Charleston, South Carolina.
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; King
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-30


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.