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             Madames Geary and Butler.
then took a walk, about and adjacent to the
village.       Mrs. Geary was  squired by Cahill,
I walked with Butler.       The wife of the Irish
tenor is a very nice little woman, with blue
eyes, brown hair, not dark, and a fair,
English complexion.  She talks with a dainty,
clear, precise enunciation, with just a flavor
of Dublin in it, really delicious to listen to;
from its contrast with the speech of Americien-
nes.    She has pretty migniard ways, too, and
is evidently fond of her husband.      And he,
though good-humored, is an awful Paddy, with
a cock in his eye!       Mrs. Geary dislikes Pollock;
thinks him a snob and coxcomb.           The wo-
men have a story that he bragged about Mina
Geary to his fellow counter-jumpers, imported
by a Miss Lee, who dines at our table, and
whose  jumper -cousin is employed in the store.
This Lee is Irish and was saponaceous to-
wards Ham.     How refreshing it is to hear
women praise one another to each others  faces,
especially if they be Irish!                   Mrs. But-
ler showed pleasantly enough; hers is the
common story   a husband drunken and
unfaithful.             We learnt from these women
matter tending to confirm suspicions that
I didn t like to entertain respecting our land-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page twenty-four
Description:Describes a visit to Mozart's Regiment at Yonkers with Frank Cahill, Mrs. Geary, and Mrs. Butler.
Date:1861-06-22
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Butler, Mrs. (boarder); Cahill, Frank; Geary; Geary, Mina; Geary, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Irish; Leahy, Anastatia; Pollock; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Yonkers, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

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.