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              Tommy in Possession.
headed Tousey, awaiting the return of the
family from Fanny Fern s, whither they had
gone in acceptation of the usual yearly invitation.
(Marry! on entering the principals might greet each
other with the gladiatorial formula,  Salutation
to the Death! )      There was also another induce-
ment, a Mrs. Galusha, ne  Sarah Gay, being
of the party; which person is she of Rochester
habitation, whom Tommy Nast was once smitten
with, a friend of the Thomsons  and of Jim Par-
ton s sister.           This, barring the personal
item, Tommy told me in a constrained and grud-
ging manner.        I tried him with a remark or
two, then lapsed into silence and looked over
newspapers, finding my Fort Moultrie drawing
in the  London News.   So we three sat, in
silence, except when Tommy said a word or two
to Tousey, until the unlocking of the street-
door and the girls  laughter was heard above.
They descended in high spirits and gorgeous
array, Eliza looking splendid, Mat pretty, 
Sally handsomish and flippant.     Talked a
bit to Mat and Eliza.        They had had to
sing songs at Fanny s, as heretofore, of ^|a| Sunday
and didn t like it, but what could one do, you
know?      Mr and Mrs Edwards came down,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page sixty-seven
Description:Mentions a brief conversation with Thomas Nast.
Date:1861-04-07
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Fern, Fanny; Gay, Sarah (Galusha); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Illustrated London news.; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Tousey
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.