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They tried to put him out I suppose, (for he did nt recollect anything very distinctly)
and there was a general-fight, all pitching into Holmes.     His wife came down
leaving window open and lamp near it, wind blew curtain & set it on fire.
An alarm of  fire  raised at this & the row, and a posse of firemen blocked
up the street; the watch came, and after more fighting in which Holmes was
bruised considerably they took him off to the City hall cells and locked him up
all night.   Next morning he was fined $10; and all the early part of the day
he had been occupied in removing his goods from Mrs Patersons.   /     To Castle
Garden, got linen, sate and meditated.  I like the old Battery. /     After
supper, crossed to Brooklyn, & called at the Dunsier s. Mrs D alone within.
Sate an hour or two, then back to New York at about 11.       Out again after
a fire, with room-fellow young Hooper.
  21. Sunday.   Drawing during the forenoon   poster for  Ike Chivvles.    
at about 5 to Picton s at Fourth Street.   Found him and a visitor imbibing coffee
and joined them.   Very soon says Picton  I understand you visit some acquaintances
of mine  .  Mrs Kidder s!  So they talk together, spicing with scandal pretty
strong.  Picton knew Mrs K well, believed-ahem!   Knew Mrs George Brown,
 Mary Campbell , knew her as Mrs Bartholomew.  Old man   her guardian,
jealous as the devil; she wasn t married to him ^|(This I believe to be a lie)|;   going to 
run away with
different young fellows various times!  /   Now men are so careless of character
and willing to believe evil, nought can be attached to such loose scandal; for or
against./   She had brought him her book after the Tribune s assault   he had
puffed it in  The Leader.   /     Anon says he, to me.   So you ve been
making love to the Goddess of Liberty?    (This was Miss Margaret Brown
, he had so dubbed her, from her resemblance to french lithograph of
that title, and it really is not at all a bad comparison;   save that
she looks more severe than serene;   lithograph s the handsomer.)  Says
Picton,  You ll catch particular h__l if you carry on in that quarter. 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Comments on a visit to Thomas Picton's home and gossip with him about Mrs. Kidder and other acquaintances.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brown, Margaret; Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Drawing; Dunsier; Dunsier, Mrs.; Firemen; Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, Ada; Holmes, John B.; Hooper (roommate); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Paterson, Mrs.; Picton, Thomas; Police; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Fourth 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.