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          Shepherd drunk and foolish.
three day s passage, the weather being very
stormy and disagreeable.     He looked well
enough, much as usual, no thinner, wore a
cap and a decent suit of clothes, rather a thin
coat, but he had left his overcoat (the
one Bellew gave him over a year ago) at the
 Smithsonian,  where he had put up for the pre-
sent.           After half-an-hour s talk, we left Ca-
hill, promising to return and Shepherd must needs
go to the house with me, being seized with
an absurd desire to visit Mrs. Ham.      So I
went down-stairs, intending to send
her up to him, had she been present, and sat
down to supper, at which meal he rejoined
me, in five minutes, being facetious and demon-
strative towards Mrs. Boley and our good-hu-
mored Irish servant-girl.     Boweryem appear-
ing, said that Shepherd had told him that Ca-
hill had returned   that he was in the house.  We
made it a  sell  on him.       Mrs. Ham coming,
I whispered off Shepherd to her side
and the further end of the almost-deserted table,
where he sang snatches of the  Last Rose of Sum-
mer  and comported himself with familiarity and
absurdly, to the latent exasperation of the crimson-
faced beast Levan, who is a sort of admirer of hers,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page forty
Description:Mentions Shepherd visiting his (Gunn's) boarding house.
Date:1861-03-30
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Le Van; Shepherd, N.G.; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.