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            A bad time for  Doughfaces. 
Levan who ate his leek in silence, and cleared
out as soon as possible.    The very women are
getting  down on  him and will hardly speak
to a Secessionist and  doughface  now.  He nar-
rowly escaped getting licked by hearty Griswold
the other night.         The beast was venting his hate
against Massachussetts, denominating it as a state
populated by shoemakers and hoping that every
Northern man who went South in the service of
the U. S. government, would be  welcomed with
bloody hands to a hospitable grave.      Griswold
told him he was a traitor; that he deserved
to be hanged; that he himself would put the
rope round his neck.     The fellow talked of
resenting it, but for the presence of  ladies.   On
which Griswold tarried till he left the house,
repeated his words, and invited him to,  Come
right out, like a man, if he were one!      Levan
moved off.    A fire-company passing was attract-
ed by the scene, when Griswold denounced
Levan as a red-hot Pro-Slavery Man and
a Secessionist, saying that he would be a Judas
Iscariot, but hadn t pluck enough.       We ll
take care of him!  shouted the fire-boys,
but Levan got off.         Little Boweryem
called to Griswold to come to him at the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eight
Description:Describes a disagreement and near-fight at his boarding house involving Griswold and Levan.
Date:1861-04-19
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Civil War; Griswold; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Le Van; Secession; Slavery
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Massachusetts
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.