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	A unique Household.
led her, Mrs. H. was on as friendly terms
with her, as I ever beheld her, with any of her
sex.     They had had rows, of course; once a great
one, in which Heylyn intimated that  Jean  had
used retaliatory language   called her antagonist
bitch or whore, I presume.     Generally she was
placable enough, devoting a good deal of time
to that extraordinary arrangement of her hair,
to  cuttings up  with Heylyn and his wife and
to the vocal affectations before-mentioned.  It was
a unique household to be temporarily domesticated
in.     I had to chaff, lark and talk nonsense
all the time, or it would have been dreary; and
was, in consequence, generally popular.    Jean  in-
sisted that I should dictate a letter to one of her
unknown admirers, which I did in incongruous
Rabelaiseque style.      She sent it, I believe.
At sunset I took a walk with these two women.
(Heylyn had written a letter to his wife that morn-
ing, which he considered had had  a good effect. )
  Returning, I went to work on comic poster, chaf-
fed, larked, drank and talked till 11, and then
to bed with Heylyn.
  14.  Sunday.   A delightfully sunny day.  Smo-
king and scribbling, loafing, reading and drawing.
Mrs. Heylyn dresses herself elaborately and goes to
church; the first time since her accident.          All wo-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page fifty-seven
Description:Regarding the Heylyn household.
Date:1861-07-13
Subject:Brinton, Eugenie Addie; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; 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.