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	Alf Waud s Home
lives in the two upper floors of a three-story house
in a row of similar ones, faced with an un-
satisfactory pinkish stone and possessing false
double doors, the deceptive nature of which
you discovered on entering.    Alf s room exhi-
bited a table with drawing materials, a sew-
ing-machine, and a good many weapons, es-
pecially pistols, which he took delight in show-
ing to us.         After an hour or so we turned
out, accompanied him to a new house to
which he intends moving (the proposed farm
or garden proved a square of hell s pavement)
and lay on the grass, while he visited his
future landlord.     Then we took a walk
to the water-side and a boat, rowed out and
tried fishing for a flat-fish, with rather more
than the usual success, for John caught one
and Waud pulled up a sculpin, both of
which were subsequently pitched into the
water.     Returning about 4, we went back
to the house and my companions were presen-
ted to  Mrs. Waud,  who looked very fair
and healthy, and I think not a day older
than when I saw her last, three years or
more ago.    She wore a bright blue dress,
and her hair is as red as ever.        The chil-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes a visit to Alfred Waud's house in Brooklyn.
Date:1861-04-21
Subject:Edwards, John; Firearms; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]
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.