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	          Exceptional Boarders.
asserting that Watson has had nothing to eat since
yesterday morning, and but four meals since Sun-
day.     Cahill comes up to me in the afternoon with
this statement, deprecating my expected objection to
Watson s domiciliation.     He doesn t like him, 
but has been hungry himself.                  Another
boarding-house incident.  On Wednesday a man
and woman, presumably married, apply for board,
and obtain the big back parlor, Mrs. B. vacating
it for their accommodation.   The man lies abed
all the day, recovering from the effects of Scotch ale,
going out in the evening, but returning once or twice
in search of the woman.    Finally he packs up his
trunk and departs without it.           At midnight or
later, the woman returns with a female companion,
both extremely drunk, the first riotously so.
She yells  landlady,  throws things at her compa-
nion and sings comic songs vociferously.  Mrs. Boley,
terrified at first, goes to her, and quiets the row, 
turning out both her vivacious guests in the
morning and retaining their baggage as security
for what is due to her.                   The inmates of
the house are, at present, Jewett, Bradshaw,
Phillips, Griswold, Softly, Boweryem, Cahill,
a Mr. and Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Jewell, Ham, the
two Leahys, a Miss Alden, McCook and Mrs.
Chamberlain.     Old Jewett (introduced at first
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Regarding fellow boarders in her boarding house.
Date:1862-01-09
Subject:Alden, Miss; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Bradshaw; Cahill, Frank; Chamberlain, Mrs.; Drunkenness; Griswold; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Jewell, Mrs. (boarder); Jewett; Leahy, Anastatia; Leahy, Miss; McCook, Miss; Phillips; Softly; Watson, Frederick; 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.