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	Boweryem s Paternity.
of Stockton, Cahill said a funny absurdity, 
on first seeing him.    Boweryem brought a death s
head home with him,  quoth he.       The Pennsylva-
nian s countenance is suggestive of a Memento Mori.
  30.  Tuesday.   A dull, raw day, with rain
in the afternoon.  Writing story for Strong; Ca-
hill and Boweryem up occasionally, the latter to
read a poem of his about Fort Lee and going
to the wars.    It has real merit; but the writing of
it is mighty characteristic; for he has taken for
his title a Latin motto signifying,  Where I Love
I Serve ; which he arrogates as  borne by his family
for Six hundred years.       Now as, by his own con-
fession (made in confidence to everybody), he is the
natural son of a rascally father, who seduced
two sisters, the elder of whom compelled him to
marry the younger, generally relinquishing her own
claims (though she, too, had a child by him)
and as Boweryem assumed his present
name by joining two   Bower and Yem   under-
both of which his father had passed, the mental
corollary of a listener to the poem was funny.
In the evening I went to Haneys.        A  bluff 
party in the Hayes  room, Leslie and his wife
of the number.      Talking with Haney till 11.
Jack Crockett goes off to Washington to join the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Regarding the paternity of George Boweryem.
Date:1861-04-29
Subject:Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Crockett, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Edward; Poetry; Stockton; Strong, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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.