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	Hawkins & Wife.   Boarders.
 Mrs Hawkins Family Newspaper,  a trashy
monthly, for rural circulation, he attending the
office while his wife goes about obtaining puffs
and advertisements.    Boweryem says that erotic
tradesmen give her the latter in the hopes of ob-
taining gratuitous fornication, when she holds her
husband in terrorem over them and establishes a
nauseous black mail in the way of advertisements
which the respectable couple never take out of their
paper, dunning and worrying for the money.     A
nice business.     Asking Hawkins about Hardin
Andrews, he told me the man was dead.          In
doors all the rest of the day: Writing hard du-
ring the evening till midnight.   Boweryem up.
  We have a charming houseful of boarders
just now; I must devote a page to them.   Let
the women have the precedence.  Imprimis Ham,
grown fatter and as odiously Irish and butter-
mouthed as ever, sits opposite to me at table
and hates me with the hatred of a low Irishwo-
man because I ignore her existence and because
she knows that I know she is an enormous humbug
and hypocrite.      More Irishry in the shape of two
Miss Lee s, one of  em a recent importation.   The
first is shop-woman in a Broadway shoe-store
and used to take her mid day meal here, when she
and Ham did an immense deal of mutual soap-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page twenty-two
Description:Regarding Hawkins and his wife.
Date:1861-10-25
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Hawkins; Hawkins, Mrs.; Irish; Leahy, Anastatia; Leahy, Miss; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.