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           An ugly Story about Billington.
excitement by the utterance of this extraordi-
nary extemporized line;  
   Hell-fire and Cats!  Brimstone and Bitches! 
and then returned to his drawing.      Phillips
retreated, utterly suppressed.  Alf told this
with immense exultation.    I don t know whether
Sol s line isn t as good as that of Fielding
   Confusion! horror! murder! guts and
 	death! 
Alf complained that he had no tidings of his
mother and family, for I think a year.  Will
hasn t written to them for four.      Hayes,
the engraver, came in for ten minutes or so.
Up town latish.         Shepherd, Cahill and
Billington in my room, after supper.    About
the latter, by the by, Abrahams told Cahill a story
that he got turned out of the pleasant house
near St. John s square in consequence of an
attempt to seduce his pupils.       Abrahams lived
close by.   I heard something of the story be-
fore, from Shepherd.                Went off to 16th
street, Cahill going with me to the door.      I
sent him back to my room, preferring to
let him sleep there, to paying for his bed.
None of the Bohemians have helped
him; have sought him out to say a civil
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page eighty-nine
Description:Mentions gossip about Billington.
Date:1861-04-13
Subject:Abrahams; Billington; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Searle, January (G. S. Phillips); Shepherd, N.G.; Waud; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
Scan Date:2010-06-01

 

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.