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19. Friday.  Finished drawing.  Wrote letter for home.  Down town, to French s,
to Strongs ,  to the  Traveller  Office, where I found Scoundrel Hawkins. He editor of 
paper, Holbrook, Bay-State-born printer proprietor. (Always the case, some steady 
fellow believing in a partner-snob.)  Talk.   Engaged to write Story at dollar a Column,
gave them Chapter the First of  Ike Chivvles in London .     To the  Leader  Office, talk
with Picton and Co, then return to Leonard.     Talking and laughing with Warren
at dinner, the boarding-house-virago faced Mrs Flowers imagined we were blaspheming
the victuals, (so we learnt afterwords,)  and following each, severally, as we left
the room, bade us find another boarding-house.   Told her I would with the greatest
pleasure.  Warren subsequently had an explanation with her, and she partially apolo-
gized, wherefore he ll stay.   Says he thinks she was drunk;   her face says
so too. (Pope, who boarded with her, in Brooklyn bore witness to me of her
propensities).   Know she s a brimstone and that the place has been hateful since it
changed hands. /          Mrs K called, anent some little drawing job I had offered 
to do for her,   told me Lotty goes on Saturday.   Won t call to-night. I
can do her no good;   stand aloof is the word.  I resent not her whims and sulks
but shan t go for  em.  Keep mine own dignity such as  tis.  /     Afternoon, copy-
ing M S.  To French s, Genins, and Holmes.   Wilkins & others there. He
off for Canada.  /   Evening, writing.
  20. Saturday.   Out looking for boarding house, a posse of folks issuing from Mrs
K s door, Mason &c, did not see Lotty.  To Weber, bootmakers.  Back; writing.
Afternoon, to French, to Bobbett & Edmonds, to see Brotherhead. (I think the
two former don t ^|show| the cordiality they ^|exhibited| [word 
crossed out] when I first called there;  
[words crossed out] they re ^|richer| now. [words crossed out]
[words crossed out]  /     Post Office, Andersons, & Holmes.     And there J B H
narrated of a fearful last night s shindy at Washington Street.     He having had a
glass too much, went home, walked into the universal parlor, demanded where
was the d__d scoundrel who had made the noise on the other night, (Sawyer).
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Mentions an argument with Mrs. Flowers, resulting in Gunn having to leave the boarding house.
Subject:Anderson; Boardinghouses; Brotherhead; Drawing; Drunkenness; Flowers, Mrs.; Food; French; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Holbrook; Holmes, John B.; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mason; Picton, Thomas; Pope; Publishers and publishing; Sawyer; Strong, Thomas; Traveler.; Warren; Weber; Wilkins; Women; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Leonard Street; Washington Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.