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	Boweryem disgusts the Ladies.
evening; I heard all three of their voices exalt-
ed on passing the door, coming up stairs.   Clark s
departure will come hard on the ladies; they
will have to purchase their own beer and gin,
or to abstain.            A prospect of a jolly row
ahead: little Boweryem goes up to visit the
Geary s and says of the latest Lee   the beef-
faced one   that he doesn t know whether she
is deaf and dumb, but that he has never heard
her open her mouth.   Of course Mrs Geary retails
it to the party in question.  General row and
caterwauling   Boweryem  no gentleman    to
be  challenged  by somebody!     He has contri-
ved to make himself deliciously odious to the Irish-
ry at table, by saying brutal things in a pomp-
ous voice, reflecting on their nationality.  They
would like to skin him alive, I do believe.      Me
they regard as a cynical ruffian, insensible
to the charm of ladies  society.  An absurd oc-
casional conversational duel occurs between
Clark and Boweryem in which she, when a
little inebriated, gets the best of it, saying rather
smart things and celebrating her victory by a
long, gleeful, sloppy laugh and a look at peo-
ple, as if for congratulation.   Her assailant
is intensely disgusted in consequence.  It s like
a fight between a mop and a cock-sparrow,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page sixty
Description:Describes a row in his boarding house among George Boweryem and the women.
Date:1861-11-11
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Clark, Mrs. (Kate Fisher); Drunkenness; Geary; Geary, Mina; Geary, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Leahy, Anastatia; Leahy, Miss; 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.