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  1.  Monday.   Writing till evening.   Out with
Cahill for ale; he remorseful and talking about
his having been making a fool of himself.
  2.  Tuesday.  To  Evening Post  Office, saw Nord-
hoff and Maverick, then to Jersey City and by
a crowded stage, in which I was seated by a 
rather pretty woman (a carman s wife, going to
visit her husband, who had volunteered) to New-
ark Bay.       Inspected the camp of the Anderson
Zouaves.     A breezy, sunny, but unusually cold
day.      A five-mile walk back to Jersey City.
A blustrous, raw evening.   Abed early.
  3.  Wednesday.   Writing.        Looked in at 745
in the evening, Matty being alone in the base-
ment, her sisters and Nast on the housetop,
watching the comet.  Selwyn, Hayes  brother-
in-law came.     Left soon and called on the Wood-
ward girls, taking them out to have ice-cream.
The night hot, the streets pyrotechnic, the girls
in great spirits.    Taking them back to the house,
I found Richardson, who boards there.
  4.  Thursday.   Up betimes and to 745, find-
ing Haney, Jack, Selwyn and Nast on the
door-step.    Presently breakfast down stairs,
during which the girls appeared, Sally with
her annual headache.         After 8 I set off
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page thirty-six
Description:Mentions a visit to the Edwards family, in which some members of the family were on the roof watching a comet.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Edward; Maverick, Augustus; Nast, Thomas; Nordhoff; Richardson (boarder); Selwyn; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite); Woodward, Susan
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Scan Date:2010-06-09


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.