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             A Boarding-House Widow
rectly they get lovers and comments on  Susie  s
sitting kissing, of evening s, with Richardson, in
the front parlor.          He will follow the Woodwards
pretty speedily.             Little Mrs. Deforest and her
brood have gone, with them Lloyd, her future
husband.       A prettyish little woman, black-haired
bright-eyed, with a good color, one shoulder a
higher than the other (so the women said) and
three or four ill-managed children.       She was
a perfect little goose and in great want of another
husband; I remember thinking so when she
asked me into her room, to show me a portrait
of a little dead child, of which she had been very
fond.       She had money, too: Lloyd, in consider-
ation of both these facts, paid his addresses.    He
was a tall, oafish, fellow with Oregon manners,
whom the women didn t like; I was one of
the few men who found anything to say to him.
How the business began nobody knew, but during
my Charleston sojourn, it cropped out that this
Lloyd was in the habit of spending his evenings
and mornings in the widow s family room.   When
I returned there was a most amusing change in
the man.  He was well-dressed, got up immaculate-
ly in respect to shirt-front and wristbands and
he had his hair curled of mornings.     Moreover
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page sixty-five
Description:Comments on the people living in his boarding house.
Date:1861-04-06
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Clothing and dress; Deforest, Margaret A; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lloyd (boarder); Richardson (boarder); Woodward, Lizzie (Fite); Woodward, Susan
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Charleston, [South Carolina]; Oregon
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.