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               An exacting Dutchman
to England in the same vessel which brought
him over; furthermore manifesting a good deal
of excitement about the non-return of certain
collars and handkerchiefs, confided to my washer-
woman.     He became so exasperating about this,
that though I knew the woman had only deferred
her call till the morrow, in consequence of the
rain, I got savage with him, lugged on boots
and turned out into the wretched night, on a
journey to the East River end of 14th street,
Viel accompanying.   While riding up to Union
Square in an omnibus, he deprecated my anger,
and subsequently professed to be very miserable;
said he had not the courage to kill himself, but he
wished the vessel would sink and drown him.
It would take a day to tell me all about it, he
added, but he had been wealthy.   His object in
coming to this country appeared to be the pursuance
of some debtor; whom he found he couldn t prose-
cute his claim against with any chance of success,
without spending money, to which he entertained
an objection.        So I cheered hi up a little; we
reclaimed his linen and brought it back to Bleecker
street, and looking into Mc Pike s by the way.
When I got him home, he must needs go down
into the kitchen to ask the servants to arouse him
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Regarding Vieil's return to England.
Date:1861-05-03
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Vieil
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):14th Street; Bleecker Street; Union Square
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.