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            Talks about her Husband.
she spent her early years on a farm, near
London.    She walked to the capital with a
girl-friend and got lost in it, on her first
visit.     I fancy that she is very ignorant;
but that she must, for a time, have led a semi-
luxurious, courtesan life.    Barring a certain
amount of industry, she has all the harlot
qualities; a trick of depreciating the chastity
of all other women; of getting into rows with
them, uncertaincy and unreasonableness of tem-
per; capacity for almost unrestrained fury
on the shortest provocation, or none at all.
The Leroy people thought her a smart woman and
said that if  Ed.  had resembled her, he would
have been a rich man!       I asked her, knowing
very well what the answer would be, whether
Heylyn s business enabled him to dispense with
remittances from Acre Lane, Brixton?  Oh, no, 
she said;  he gets money whenever that mother
of his chooses to send it.       The fishing-tackle
business never extended over two months of the
year.       I suggested, why didn t Heylyn get a
clerkship?     He d never have anybody over him, 
she said;  he was too proud for that.            He had
always been so.     He wasn t industrious and
was very selfish.       With all her talk of  Eu-
genie Addie Brinton,  or  Jeanie,  as they cal-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page fifty-six
Description:Describes a conversation with Mrs. Heylyn about her husband.
Date:1861-07-13
Subject:Brinton, Eugenie Addie; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Rochester, New York]; London, [England]
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.