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	Mrs. Eugenie Brinton.
She talked of going to England in the fall.  Of
course he should take care of her; but he could 
not stand the present state of things.  Mrs. Brinton
was as homely as the devil but a smart woman,
and she d be mad as thunder, if she suspected
his disclosures about her.   She wrote poetry and
sent it to the  Mercury  (N.Y.) and to a Roches-
ter paper.    Heylyn showed me one, which he
had just procured, containing a sample.         It
was rather above the feminine average   about
the stars, and pietistic.           Arrived at the house,
we found its authoress and Mrs. Heylyn.
The first was a young woman, not more than
twenty, certainly not handsome, but not ugly,
as Heylyn s remark had led me to expect.    She
had her hair done in an unusual manner, parted
behind, without knot or ribbon, and brought
forwards in absurd demi-curls.   Also she talk-
ed in an affectedly childish manner.     Her hus-
band was in the States Prison for forgery; though
she ventilated a transparent flam about his
decease.     She showed me his portrait, subse-
quently, representing a  bhoy- like fellow, of the
 Mose  order, with a glossy hat on, and a mous-
tache, which he wife had added, with a pin.
Mrs. Helylyn seemed unchanged in appearance.
She has black hair, an oval face, a bad,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page forty-six
Description:Describes Eugenie Brinton.
Date:1861-07-10
Subject:Brinton; Brinton, Eugenie Addie; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Poetry; Women
Coverage (City/State):Rochester, [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.