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would come home drunk and sociably deter-
mined to share his bed, which he was desirous
of avoiding.     He proved correct in his judgment,
for I heard the miserable inebriate staggering
upstairs to the room opposite to mine, an hour
after midnight.
  20.  Friday.   Writing steadily all day till
7 at Concert-hall article.    Shepherd intermittent.
Left him, rather matagrabolized, in the evening
after persistently refusing to let him have $3
of his own money, in entreaty for which he had
written sundry absurd notes, a la Micawber,
from the other side of the table, signing them,
 Frightful Examp.  and  The Writer,  &c.  
and went to 745, by way of acknowledgement
of my Christmas invitation.  Only the two girls
at home, papa and mamma having gone on a 
visit to the Nasts.     Chaff and chat, then set
them singing.  Jack home from drill, in a new
gray uniform faced with red; anon Mr. and 
Mrs. Edwards.     Talk of the Mason and Slidell
row and things for half an hour, then back
to my room and Shepherd.  He must needs go
out for whiskey, returning with it and profes-
sing to be greatly troubled in mind about the
embargo on Salt Petre in England!    We had
tods and presently he retired to his room, where
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and six
Description:Describes a visit to the Edwards family.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Drunkenness; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mason, J.M.; Military; Nast, Thomas; Shepherd, N.G.; Slidell, John
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.