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	   Pape and his Son.
lady and old Jewitt.  He doesn t pay any
board, has no business, scarcely ever goes out
of doors and devotes his time exclusively to
the foolish woman, who seems to be realizing
the proverb,  no fool like an old fool. 
   In which case the house will go to the
devil.       Pape, our Southerner, a light-hair-
ed, feline and suspiciously civil man, it ap-
pears, licks his son atrociously; by way of
improving him in music and making a prodigy
of the boy.       He pulled the lad s ears horribly
and struck him on the head with his clenched
fist in Mrs. Geary s presence; insomuch that
the pitiful-hearted little woman went out of
the room and crie nearly cried her blue eyes
out.     She wishes  some of the gentlemen  would
interfere.         The boy himself is, in public, of
the Daniel Martin order, therefore obnoxious; I
infer the father intends social cannibalism, train-
ing his son to become a Phenomenon and then
living on him.      We returned by water, getting
back by 6 or sooner.              I was fetched down
stairs by Mrs. Palmer to see Lizzy Woodward,
whom I found looking pretty and saucy, in
the room recently tenanted by the Ham,
and talked to for five minutes.
  23.  Sunday.   To Brooklyn, to visit
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page twenty-six
Description:Relates boarding house gossip.
Date:1861-06-22
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Geary, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Jewett; Palmer, Mrs.; Pape; Pape, Jr.; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-07-08

 

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.