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	Old Powell s Tricks.
The old beggar retains his proclivity for loans,
lying libelling in grand perfection.           He came
to Wood with a dolorous story how  little Dick, 
one of his children, had broken his ancle and how
Mrs. Micawber must have a particular orthop dic
physician.      Wood made the required advance and
next day saw  little Dick  running about the streets
of Hoboken.       It was old Powell s practice to
invite Wood to visit him, sending one of the family
next day, at early morning with a petition for
a loan, perhaps of only a dollar, perhaps the ri-
diculously small sum of fifty cents.    He told
somebody a tremendous flam about J. A. Wood s
having offended a respectable family by escorting
some young ladies to a house and then deserting
them.    There was not a grain of foundation
for it.          Wood says that Sol Eytinge  sprees  a
good deal; that he looks  soggy  drunk.        To
Haney s; found him in the upper shop among
the printing machines.    Up-town together.   Talk-
ing of Nast and Sally Edwards, Haney confirms
my impression that they are  engaged.   It is cu-
rious to find that both he and I have inclined 
to backing Nicholas, wishing that the gentlemanly
widower had given us an opportunity to volunteer
a few words of advice in re Sally.           If he had
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page eighty-one
Description:Relates stories about Thomas Powell told by J.A. Wood.
Date:1861-04-11
Subject:Children; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Nicholas, John G.W.; Powell, Dick; Powell, Thomas; Powell, Thomas, Mrs.; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
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.