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           Bob s Americanism   in England.
tive of how the lives of the majority of men drift,
in affairs of the greatest importance.         Not
one of all I have named but has reaped as he
sowed.            Bob Gun and his wife get along
well enough, says Cahill; she is a jolly, stylish-
looking woman, older than himself, has  300
a year from her former husband.        Bob had
the impudence to show her  Dell  s portrait, tel-
ling her a cock-and-bull story about the original s
being a slave-girl he owned and whom he had
left in prison, for safe-keeping in New York!
When he is not at the  American Agency,  if
there s a Punch show in the vicinity, you
can always find him enjoying it.     He went to
the Sydenham Palace with Cahill and bribed
the orchestra with a pint of beer for each mem-
ber of it (amounting to  1), to play the  Star-
Spangled Banner,  both he and Cahill hallo-
ing a good deal on their Americanism!    They
met the disreputable Major Piercy there, who
was drunk and offensively demonstrative to-
wards a decent waitress and who took Cahill
aside and asked him,  What Bellew had done? 
to necessitate his leaving New York!!! discredit-
ing Cahill s assurance that his brother-in-law
hadn t been obliged to return to England
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page sixty-one
Description:Regarding Bob Gun's life in England.
Date:1861-04-05
Subject:Bourne, Bertha Frances Blake (Gun); Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Music; Piercy; Songs; St. Orme, Adelle
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; England
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.