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	     And their Characteristics.
and has called Mary, the robustuous chamber-
maid  a d____d b___h!  whereupon the wench spank-
ed her.      Miss M Cook,  the Irish Giantess,  apos-
trophized by Boweryem; tall, thin, reddish-
nosed; looks well enough when got up in blue silk
of Sunday evenings but particularly seeding in the
morning.    Is something in the sharp way.      Miss
Tomlinson; thin, good-humored, old maidish, prone
to cackling like the rest   don t know anything dis-
agreable of her.         Mrs Jewell:   decentish ave-
rage American woman, wife or mistress   Cahill
says the latter   of the big gambler who lives in the
house, but whom I have never seen, as he takes
his meals in his room, when he s in town, which
is not now, business affairs calling him to Wash-
ington.    The woman is civil and circumspect, she
don t mix much with the others.       Cahill relates
that this Jewell found a man in bed with his
w real wife or had other certain proof of her
adultery, went to the bar of the Astor or the
St Nicholas and scored the offender across the
face with a bowie-knife, so as to mark him for
life.    The wife now lives with her kinsfolk; she
was a drunkard, as was her daughter, relative
to whom, Boweryem affirms that his  engagement 
was a mere flirtation and  sell    which I, know-
ing my little friend, find hard to believe.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page twenty-four
Description:Regarding the female boarders at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Clark, Mrs. (Kate Fisher); Ginnerty, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell (boarder); Jewell, Jennie; Jewell, Mrs. (boarder); McCook, Miss; Tomlinson, Miss; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-08


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.