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	The Geary Family.
have written out our experience at length for
the  Post,  I defer chronicling it until I can do
so from its pages.   Returning, we found certain of
our boarders at high jinks in the basement.      Mr.
Geary was entertaining some professional friends
with rum and ale, and bread and cheese.   He is
a very Irish Irishman, youngish, red-faced and
fluently approbative; has a niceish wife, an En-
glishwoman of Dublin antecedents who talks
clear and pleasant and dainty English and calls
her husband  Gusty,  in which there is some ap-
propriativeness, as the honest Celt appears to be what
the Woodward girls denominate, in their New York
doric,  a blower.          There is also a daughter,
not of Mrs. Geary (though I hear she has two, in
Dublin) a good-humored, pleasant-faced girl,
who goes very plainly dressed, has apparently not
a particle of affectation about her, and whom I 
meet on the staircase of mornings, when she is busy
bringing up papa and mamma s breakfast, which
they partake of in bed.    Her name s Mary, so
they call her Mina.       The family have been but
nine or ten months in this country; I think the
father ambitiously attempted giving concerts on the
foundation of his own and his daughter s voices, 
for I remember Wilkins  ridiculing  The Geary 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page sixty-three
Description:Describes the Geary family, who live in his boarding house.
Date:1861-04-06
Subject:Boardinghouses; Geary; Geary, Mina; Geary, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite); Woodward, Susan
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Dublin, [Ireland]
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.