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	         Mrs. E. Heylyn
with them at the office of an homeopathic phy-
sician, to whom, in conjunction with equest-
rianism, Mrs. R. attributes her convalescen-
ce.        To Heylyn s shop, loafing there with
him till dinner-time.        At his house all the
afternoon, loafing, chaffing and drawing
his piseatorial caricatures for the decoration of
his shop, to his great satisfaction.            It ap-
peared that among other characteristics of Mrs.
Brinton, she corresponded with fellows whom
she had never seen and ate arsenic to improve
her complexion.    Mrs. Heylyn talked dispa-
ragement of her privately, saying  Ed. picked
her up in the street, like any other prostitute! 
Of course there was no thought of her own ante-
cedents.   She, Mrs. H., is pretty shrewd 
, not a bad cook or housekeeper; and
use has had its inevitable effect in suiting this
couple to one another, yet there is a latent shrew-
ishness in the woman; she would sometimes
exalt her voie in a shrill, strident, high-
strung manner, horribly suggestive of her old
vocation.     She talked of London pleasures oc-
casionally, of going to the Derby with good look-
ing fellows, of never rising till 10., of Jessop s
and the like.    She says she was born in Ox-
fordshire, somewhere near the Thames, and that
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page fifty-five
Description:Describes Mrs. Heylyn.
Subject:Brinton, Eugenie Addie; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Physicians and surgeons; Parton, Mary (Rogers)
Coverage (City/State):[Rochester, New York]; London, [England]
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.