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            Mrs. Ham s Antecedents.
in the parlor, playing cards and idling till 11;
anon out with Vieile, our Dutchman (for he is
more of a Hollander than German) to Haneys for
ale and welsh rarebits.            Cahill brought me
a story impugning the inevitably hypocritical chas-
tity of Mrs. Ham and her knowing friend, the
ex-Miss Fagan, t other day.   Some acquaintance
of Griswold s, calling on him, recognized the first
of these women, as one he had known turned out
of a boarding-house, in consequence of her introdu-
cing fornicating friends into her kennel.          Fagan
didn t go as far as that, but her reputation was
sufficiently fly-blown.    Always knew the Ham
was a bitch   felt it instinctively.      Which epithet
(utterly indispensable in to the English language) Ca-
hill came into my room, repeating as if
it were a shibboleth, one day, after he had sat near
and been talked to by this Irishwoman at dinner!
  2.  Thursday.   Writing to George Bolton.   To
the Mercantile Library and then down-town, in the
afternoon, Cahill going with me.     To the Post
office and Haney s; witnessing the parade of the
2nd regiment, previous to their departure for the
south, opposite Barnum s.      Going up-town was
accosted and accompanied by Frank Wood (whose
face was spotty and talk asinine.)    He said a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Regarding a story about Mrs. Ham's past.
Date:1861-05-01
Subject:Bolton, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Griswold; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Haney, Jesse; Irish; New York State Militia Infantry Regiment, 2nd; Parades; Vieil; Women; Wood, Frank
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.