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	         Our Lodgings.
There Mr. Bowman senior was good enough to
partly close the window and we incontinently tumb-
led into a feather bed, cracking the cords thereof,
but not so as to render it impracticable.      The
room, of the smallest size, had no furniture but
a wash-hand-stand.      It was ornamented by
two cheap, gaudy, colored lithographs,  The Fasci-
nating Milliner  and the  Baptism of Our Savior, 
in which a brawny St John resembled Heenan
administering  punishment.   We lay laughing
and cutting jokes under our breath (for the girls
had retired into the adjoining room) for half an
hour or so and then fell asleep, to the music of 
the rain outside.
  11.  Wednesday.   It was a very like getting up
to be hanged, rising before daybreak to the lugu-
brious toll of that dreary bell, but we did it, turn-
ing out by 5, when there appeared a wretched, sick-
ly streak of light in the east, through the drizzle
and mist.       The old folks had already partaken
of breakfast though, and Mr Bowman, attired
in wig, stove-pipe hat and suit of shiny black,
was, with his wife ready to start for a ten
mile ride to his sister s funeral.    There had been
talk of the young ladies going also, but the rain
operated against it.     So when Mr and Mrs B.
had shaken hands with us and driven off in a
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Describes his visit with the Bowman family in Canada.
Date:1861-09-10
Subject:Bowman, Benjamin; Bowman, Benjamin, Mrs.; Bowman, Carrie; Bowman, Lizzie; Clothing and dress; Conworth, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

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.