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lin Street, all being out, then a walk and back  home.         /            In
the afternoon got a letter from Keating, whereby it appears he was not the
writer of the last missive, someone   (I suppose J B H having assumed
his signature for the purpose of humbugging all.     Wrote to Keating.
  17. Sunday.   The rain rained down in, not Maryland, but New York town
at such a rate that I could not stir out till the afternoon, then to Mul-
berry Street, and Mr Greatbatche s.   Supped there, pleasantly, subsequently in
the even with Joe and the boys walked out. Left them at Leonard Street,
then alone to Franklin.  Had a bit of a row with the fat old woman, who
looked out of window in consequence of my ringing both bells. Had to tell her to
go to bed or lock her-self up, whereat she was greatly irate.  Mrs Kidder coming
to the door; went in, Mason, Miss Gibson,  Lotty , and two masculines,
Pope and another.   Talk of the feud  twixt Mrs K & the fat old woman, who
it seemeth liketh not Mrs K s visitors conversations, and hath discoursed scurrilous
thereon.     General talk.  Mrs K reading partially clever letter from a Mr Morse
at Boston; he recommending her to read Dante, (nobody present having read it!)
Mason lay on sofa, side by Miss Gibson, she eau-de-cologning his caput for head-ache
remedy.   Lotty  talked with masculines, and me.       Two masculines go, the
rest of us remain.    Lotty s  face is a fair one, in repose, as well as animation,
her complexion is ^|not| clear, her features good, and what vivacity and life in her
bright black eyes.   What a glorious little creature would she have been, had
not the devil of Wilfulness got the mastery.     [words crossed out]
[line crossed out]
[word crossed out].         Left about 11.
  18. Monday. To Duane Street, found Mr H & Dillon had gone.
To Wall Street, Holmes & Anderson.   Former away.  Posted letter. To Butlers,
to Strongs, Watt s, and a printers where I saw Andrews. Left the  Reveille 
after a weeks editorializing.  To Roberts; saw him.     In doors idling during
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and fifty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder's boarding house, and an encounter with her landlady.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Keating; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mason; Pope; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Maryland
Coverage (Street):Franklin Street; Leonard Street; Mulberry Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.