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       Governor s Island Acquaintances.
view with a white-haired and incommunica-
tive Captain Whitely, and a walk about the
island, towards the hospital, for the sake of
old associations, I returned in a queer little
steamer, which now plies between the city and
the island.     The half-owner of it is one Kelly,
once a boatman, who recollected Barth very
well and my old Governor s Island acquaintances
of eight years ago.      Buchman (or Beukman)
the German sergeant who was so anti-Scott in
the Presidential election period, took to drinking,
deserted and died, I think at Old Point Com-
fort.      Creesey, Kelly knew nothing of, but had
an indefinite idea that he was dead also.        Li-
vers is in the service still; his daughter, once
the mistress of Captain De Russy, lives in
New York, with her hussband Johnny Keogh.
This woman was an abominable person
generally; a rank harlot of diabolic nature  
she burnt a kitten alive, in a stove, for having
damaged some article of feminine finery; as
Barth s wife, who detested her, told us at Mack-
inac.    I remember being introduced to  Liz Li-
vers,  as they called her, on one of my early 
visits to the island.       The mother-in-law of the
boatman, Kelly, was matron or something of
the sort to the hospital.            Evening with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page twelve
Description:Describes hearing about his old Governor's Island acquaintances from Kelly.
Date:1861-06-17
Subject:Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Beukman; Creecey; De Russy, Captain; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kelly (boatman); Keogh, Johnny; Livers, Sergeant; Livers, Liz; Whitely, Captain
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.