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        Two Jokes of a different quality.
on account of some Irishness, and subsequently
applying to Bob Gun with the same inquiry.
Bob s parents were unaware of his marriage,
but are content at it.                     Apropos of his
nigger mistress, ar Arnold, whom she hated,
and wrote melodramatic-idiocy about in her trashy letters
to Bob, talking about  the fiend having triumph-
ed  &c.,   Arnold sent  her the notice of Gun s
marriage, with  Yours truly, George  to it, which
the Bohemians regard as an immense joke.     It s
very like Pistol s  murdering a poor whore s ruff
in a bawdy-house.           Bob Gun is very like
Sancho Panza in Leslie s picture of  Sancho and
the Duchess    it s his jolly bald crown exactly.
He and Cahill, when engaged on the printing  in-
vention,  humbugged their acquaintances with a
story that they were buying up bullock s-bladders
for exportation to Cuba, to make cigar-holders
of! and rung the changes on the absurdity
to such a degree that a unanimous verdict 
of  D__n bullocks  bladders!  was passed by
the community.
  6.  Saturday.   In-doors, drawing on wood
till evening.   Then taking Griswold with me by
way of company, down-town by the 2nd avenue
cars to the Fourth War Police Station.      As I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page sixty-two
Description:Mentions a joke played by the Bohemians on Bob Gun's former mistress.
Date:1861-04-05
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Griswold; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; St. Orme, Adelle; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):2nd Avenue
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.