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	    Row among the Irishry.
all boil over with virtuous and irrepressible
indignation at the unlucky prostitutes who did-
n t come to this house to exercise their amateur
vocation, but were compelled to it by the men,
  for the elder girl cried at the necessity,
saying they wanted to get rid of their past as-
sociations.    I can fancy the grand Irish
pow-wow held about it!  Just what men
are my dear! they don t care Our so-
ciety but when a couple of low, dhurty, nasty
lager-bier girrels came along   !  &c &c.
This, Bradshaw duly reported to Mrs. Boley.
She, holding the Irishry in slight esteem, and
knowing nothing for certain of the girls  concu-
piscence, considered the onslaught made upon
them as originating in the contempt of the shop
counter for rouge and spangles and declared
apropos of the Gearys  that she had had Bryant s
Minstrels here before Canterbury Hall, further-
more asserting that as long as the girls  behaved
decent  they should stay here, though the Irish-
ry departed.      Whereupon Bradshaw is moved
to relate what he knows   or some portion of it  
not that he had obligingly offered to exchange beds
with Griswold for the accommodation of Halsted s
nocturnal doings.    Then Mrs. B. resolves that
the  young ladies  must leave the house and quietly
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page thirty-nine
Description:Regarding a scandal at his boarding house.
Date:1861-11-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Bradshaw; Canterbury Hall (New York, N.Y.); Griswold; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halsted; Irish; Mathews, Emma; Mathews, Lizzy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

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.