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              A Boarding House  Lark. 
that I should go up stairs and see who was
my guest.   After supper, when I did so, I found
a lay figure with my military cap extended on
my bed.     I stuck a pipe in its mouth and with
Phillips  assistance put the effigy in Cahill s bed
and then brought up all the boarders, women and
all, to see it.        Cahill took it, of course, in good
part and we all laughed heartily and ended with
beer.    Mrs. Geary wanted it put in Jewett s bed;
but he came up and spoiled the fun.        Mrs. Butler
will go shortly into Ontario county, for a few weeks.
  Underhill is still at Cape May, enjoying himself
hugely.   Weston senior, goes frequently to Long
Branch, where the officers of the U. S. guards,
formerly British Volunteers, are spending the money
amassed by a benefit concert.   They have no men.
Their money will probably last them a week longer.
They are all officers   about thirty of them!      I can-
not get away till I get some money to pay up here.
I owe $30.     Meanwhile I shall go to my trade
at the first chance.            Haney has had letters
from Bob Gun recently; I have not.         Thus Bow-
eryem.          Returning, I was accosted by Hart,
a young Paris attorney, bound for George Bolton s;
to whose house he had been invited, in conjunction
with Baker.          He was on horseback, but presently
dismounted and leading his horse, bore me company.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page sixty-seven
Description:Describes a letter received from George Boweryem.
Date:1861-07-18
Subject:Baker, Jemmy; Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Boweryem, George; Butler, Mrs. (boarder); Cahill, Frank; Geary, Mrs.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hart (Canada); Jewett; Phillips; Underhill, Ed; Weston
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario, Canada]; [New York, 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.