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	            The Landlady s Pet.
by the agreeable Kinnes) is supposed to have some
occasional stock-broking business down-town; seems,
at times to possess money, but it s very dubious
whether he pays for his board.    Little Mrs. Geary
used to declare that he did only for the first week.
He is as familiar and constant to the house as a 
cat, carves the meats, pares apples, keeps the
keys of cupboards and goes out marketting.  Mrs.
B. is certainly fond of the man, as is manifest
by her tendency to jealousy about him.  The amiable
Albert, her son, talked once about licking him,
when his mother threatened to turn him out of doors.
Her daughter, Mrs. Burtis, and the rest of the
family are all averse to Jewett;  they wouldn t
mind if he were rich!  says our landlady,
who sits late with him in the parlors or basement.
  Phillips and Griswold have been constructing
some infallible scheme to break faro-banks and
make their own fortunes.     Griswold has been ad-
dicted to gambling for a long time; I think he
plays mightily.         The Mr. and Mrs. Phillips
consist of a New Yorker and his enormously fat
Canadian wife.      He has been a butcher, a restau-
rant keeper and, for anything I know to the con-
trary, a ward-politician and gambler.      He is
essentially New Yorkish in speech and manner,
and, the other day, at the dinner table, was
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Regarding fellow boarders in her boarding house.
Date:1862-01-09
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boley, Susan; Burtis, Mrs.; Gambling; Geary, Mrs.; Griswold; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; Kinne; Kinne, Mrs.; Phillips; Phillips (boarder); Phillips, Mrs. (boarder)
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.