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	Oliver Hillard volunteers.
he read to me a letter he had sent to the  Tribune, 
denouncing the government and advocating the oc-
cupation of if not annihilation of Baltimore.  Oliver,
his brother, has volunteered, is endeavoring to raise
a regiment of Massachusetts residents in New York.
  In the evening, called at 745, expecting to
find Haney.  He wasn t there, so as Jack opened
the door, I asked him to accompany me to the meet-
ing of the British regiment, and pending some al-
teration of his dress, went into the basement, where
were the three girls and Mr. and Mrs. Edwards.
It was evidently an off night; Tommy not expected.
I sat in a big arm-chair, hat in hand, not far
from the door and talked with the elders, of course
about the war, Eliza rising from the piano at
my entrance, Sally seated on the further side of
the fire-place, book in hand, and Matty on the
nearer side of the table, reading.    Jack returned
and went out again.        I had risen in expectation,
when Sally, availing herself of some allusion of
mine to the new novel,  Silas Marner,  spoke to me,
inquiring if I had read it, and subsequently talking
of my volumes of Lamb, lent to her before my South-
ern journey.     (Her mother has purchased a four
volume edition in the interim, but the girl,
either from tact or taste, adheres to my battered
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Mentions a discussion with Sally Edwards about the novel ''Silas Marner.''
Date:1861-04-25
Subject:Books and reading; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hillard, Frank; Hillard, Oliver; Military; Nast, Thomas; New York tribune.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Baltimore, [Maryland]
Scan Date:2010-06-03

 

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.