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	     An Evening at Bellew s.
much the same dreary winter weather out of doors,
and as dreary impecuniosity in my pockets.   Little
Allie made an incursion once or twice, when it was
touching to see how fond her father was of her.   He
had to leave the room occasionally in accordance 
with the servant girl s summons.       On the announce-
ment of dinner, he said,  I won t ask you to din-
ner, Gunn   my mother-in-law s here   and she
and I don t get along very well together   we ll
have a quiet feed by ourselves, if you don t mind
waiting.       So I drew on for another three-quarters
of an hour, during which time (to make the resem-
blance to the days at 27th street more complete)
Hamilton came up.     He was saponaceous as of
old, talked anglo-phobia glibly enough, said his
profession had deserted him, that he must throw it
up and adopt anything.          Presently young Wheeler
entered and soon afterwards took his mother off.
I descended to a grouse dinner, appetizing enough
to a hungry man, though savoring of the condition
of the Laodicean Christians in Paul s time.        Bel-
lew didn t bear me company.    Returning up
stairs, I drew till midnight, Hamilton leaving two
hours earlier.
  23.  Thursday.   In doors, dreary enough
and doing but little until evening.  At 9 went to
745.   Haney there and Paterfamilias, smoking their
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Describes an evening spent at Frank Bellew's house drawing.
Date:1862-01-22
Subject:Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Drawing; Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Haney, Jesse; Wheeler, Mrs.; Wheeler, Tom
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):27th 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.