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	        Patrick Beckett Bellew.
Lancers with Miss Behm.    Josey Brown was
the prettiest girl of the company; if her eyes were
larger, her face would be perfect   it is faultness in its clear
purity of outline and expression.   A beauty should
have bigger eyes than common.     The party went
off well enough and I enjoyed it in a quiet way,
but none of the persons present   the Edwardses   
were invested with any of the old enchantment with
which I once regarded them.            We had  God
save the Queen,  on papa Edwards  proposition  
not sang with too much earnestness on the part of
the Americans, with two of their own national chants
afterwards.        A sharp wintry night out of doors,
as I walked thoughtfully attic-wards.
  26.  Thursday.   A letter from nephew 
Edward  Bristol  at St. Joseph s, Missouri,
telling of his enlistment and movements.  Writing.
Down town in the afternoon; met Jones, who spake
of Levan, Mrs. Butler and himself.       In Nas-
sau Street met Banks with P. Beckett Bellew,
and the latter must fain have me drink with him.
He has already got into a fight or two, one on
the question of a man s striking his dog.  A strong,
stalwart fellow, with more of the pugilist in him
than anything else; has roughed it in Australia;
smokes tobacco so strong that a horse shouldn t draw
it and does it all the time.           Met Haney moment-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.
Date:1861-12-25
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Behm, Miss; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Brown, Josie; Butler, Mrs. (boarder); Christmas; Civil War; Edwards, George; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jones (boarder); Le Van; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; St. Joseph, Missouri
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
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.