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	        Exit  Waiter-Girls. 
tells them so.    On Friday evening, after our 6  
o clock meal, when I am sitting at work in
my attic, I hear the girls laughing and romping
with Halsted, below before going out to their
evening labor.   That night at 12, they came
home, having left the key of their room door
behind them, and Boweryem very gallantly
helps them over the top of the door between the 
front and rear apartments   there is a stopt-
up passage with closets on either side, 
under the stair-case   kissing the younger (as
he boasts with a gay air in the morning!) and
obtaining a promise from her of writing to him!
Old Jewett, hearing the noise, comes down to
assist or look on.    In the morning the perform-
ance has to be repeated.       This afternoon the 
girls pack up, the elder (who has told Mary
the robustuous that she is a widow and has had
a baby) denouncing the ladies of our establish-
ment as  a pack of played-out Irish wh___s! 
and indulging in similar violent representa-
tions.    However they go off quietly in a car-
riage and despite the tremendous rain storm;
and three hours afterwards, while my bed
is being made,  Shepherd and I descend
to it, as a cheery fire is burning there, which
we like so well that we remain throughout
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page forty
Description:Regarding a scandal at his boarding house.
Date:1861-11-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Ginnerty, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halsted; Jewett; Mathews, Emma; Mathews, Lizzy; Shepherd, N.G.; 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.