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	Mrs. Geary utilizes her Friends.
involving the discomfiture of the sparrow.
  More about the Irishry.      The  aristocratic
coolness  between Ham and Mrs Geary origina-
ted in circumstances not entirely disconnected, as
Mr Micawber would say   with a bonnet obtained
by the tenor s wife, on credit.     The little party has
also got in debt to the amount of $15 for shoes
at the store where Lee the first officiates as sales
woman.   But Lee herself having dexterously con-
trived not to be responsible, has not been cut by
Mrs Geary.  The family appears to be an epi-
demic on boarding-house people and tradesfolks.
They have all the loose improvident habits of
quasi theatricals; when they get money they must
have a supper and a bottle, maugre debt and
difficulty; always the brag of their importance
and the Irishry generally hold powwows and
howl about the hardship of poor Mr Geary s
having to mix with low people.  Yet the little 
woman was almost charming at times.   I think
her statement about her English birth-place
may be true.                  It s funny to discover
how unlucky Ham is in all her investments
of the finest feelings of our common nature.
  12.  Tuesday.   Down town by noon, looking
in at the Evening Post office and seeing Godwin,
who informs me that  my affair is on the anvil
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page sixty-one
Description:Regarding Mrs. Geary.
Date:1861-11-11
Subject:Boardinghouses; Debt; Geary; Geary, Mrs.; Godwin, Park; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Irish; Leahy, Anastatia; New York evening post.; 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.