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a previous invitation and promise.    A vigorous
ring at the street door bell denotes Mr and 
Mrs Tommy Nast, whereat Matty (who has
being chatting with me) surmises that their din-
ner hasn t turned out a success.       Sally rustles
in, bends over and kisses pap as he sits in
his chair, welcomes Hayes and subsides into 
conversation.   Nast enters fatly and facetious-
ly (he seems to do the buffoon business on most
occasions, now,) looking exceedingly like such
a German Jew as you would look for in the
player of the ophocliede in a brass band.   His
hair is very black and worn rather long, his
face flabby.   Mat tells me the pair  have a
servant, now.     We talk for half an hour,
standing or sitting, then Hayes and I go off
to W. Leslie s, finding our hospitable Scotch
friend s house odorous with dinner.  Quail and
rabbit, ale and pudding being discussed, we
talk and smoke away the afternoon, have
tea and tods afterwards, Leslie talking in
high glee and telling stories of his own acute-
ness in business transactions.  By 9  , back to
745.    The morning party there, barring Nast
and Sally, who had recently departed.    Eliza
secured Hayes on the sofa, I dropped into
a chair and merry chat with Matty, the rest
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes a visit to William Leslie with Ned Hayes.
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Food; Hayes, Edward; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Nast, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.