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       Mrs. Butler talks about Mrs. Levison.
in a letter from Whiteley (in answer to
one of mine) got up at 5  , and by 9 suc-
ceeded in getting over to Governor s Island (Kel-
ly s little steamer being withdrawn for painting)
where, in the Ordnance Office, I obtained
what information I wanted, returning to the
city by 11  .      Looked in at the  Evening Post 
Office, then up-town.         At military article
during the afternoon and part of the evening.
  I find Mrs. Butler had some acquaintance
with Mrs. Levison, knowing Mrs. Phalon,
wife to the  Paphian Lotion  man and crack
Broadway barber; who was Levi^|s|on s brag
acquaintance.    Mrs. B. doesn t like Mrs. L.,
hints at her equivocalities with other men, be-
fore Levison s death; among others with this
Phalon.     I knew there was a certain mili-
tia colonel or captain, who once accompanied
her to Philadelphia, and who gave her so many
presents in the way of  jewelry  that Levison
made her return them.            This was the man
whom she once professed to  love  before her
husband s and Mrs. Potter s face.                 Phalon
is a low lot; has been a working barber; has the 
faculty of making money, haunts brothels
and the like.         He had a pew at Chapin s
and the brute, once, objecting to some anti-sla-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page twenty-nine
Description:Regarding discussing Mrs. Levison with Mrs. Butler.
Date:1861-06-25
Subject:Butler, Mrs. (boarder); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Kelly (boatman); Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Phalon; Phalon, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Whitely, Captain
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.