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	W. Leslie s Home.
whom he borrowed $5, before his flight to En-
gland.
  5.  Sunday.   Haney up for an hour or so.
Out with him, leaving him at 745, intending
to call and inquire after Mr. Edwards  health
  and to stay to dinner, if invited.          A sun-
ny, cool day, growing colder as it drew towards
night.       In the afternoon took car to 38th
street, where, within four doors s distance of Lex-
ington Avenue, stands W. Leslie s newly purcha-
sed house.        It is a neat one, possessing  all
the modern improvements,  but not entirely
furnished; the parlors being empty.          I found
Mrs. Leslie and her baby, a child of three months,
with a head of hair, and comically like its father,
in a rear room; and Leslie himself was aroused
from a nap to receive me and other visitors; two
women and a little girl.        He showed friendly
and hospitable, talked much and loudly, took
me throughout the house, told how it had cost
him $9,500, and was purchased in his wife s
name   a not uncommon expedient in New York,
in view of reverses in fortune; when creditors can t
touch the property   and much more.    We talked politics,
secession and acquaintances.     About the latter
an amusing trait came out concerning Hayes
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Describes a visit to William Leslie's new house.
Date:1861-05-04
Subject:Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes; Leslie, Marion; Leslie, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):38 Street; Lexington Avenue
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.