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		January 1862.
  1.  Wednesday.   A lovely day, sunny and
mile; too much so for the seasons.   Up town. Cal-
led at Chapin s in pursuance of a resolution made
annually; saw his wife, he unable to receive visi-
tors, in consequence of gout.   To W. Leslie s.  An
hour there talking with Mrs Leslie and a friend
of hers.        Thence across the town through the
now breezy and cold afternoon to Bellew s.
Found the two brothers up stairs, rather languid
and slow in the darkened apartment, certain
festive preparations going on below,  Mrs Bel-
lew being about to give a party  to her relatives.
From the manner of the brothers as they accom-
panied me towards the 8th Avenue (after half an
hour s visit) I judged that both hated the
approaching festivity.   F. B. spoke resignedly
about it, as he went for liquor glasses, Beckett
professed himself  infernally blue  and said he d
like to go aside in a corner and be very sick.   It
may be that Bellew s Anglophobia is being curiously
punished; the disappointment of the pair
in England and consequent abuse of it, have ena-
bled Mrs B. to assert herself in an ultra Ameri-
canism, with the assistance of her relatives.   To
Bleecker Street, rather dull myself.        The face-
tious Le Blond there, with his gray hair dyed of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and forty-nine
Description:Describes his New Year's Day calls to Frank Bellew and others.
Date:1862-01-01
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Chapin, E.H.; Chapin, E.H., Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leblond; Leslie, Marion; Leslie, William; New Year
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):8th Avenue; Bleecker 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.