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then to a sofa-bed in the adjoining room.   It
was a suggestive position, the handsome but half-
furnished apartment; the adjoining one with
its unwashed marble mantel piece and artist-
litter, the mice nibbling and scratching in the
wainscot, like the cares that were eating the
hearts of the miserable couple above.     What
ingeniously-wrought novelistic revenge for the
breaking of that commandment could equal
all this?        I felt profoundly sorry for Bellew,
  and went to sleep.              In two hours time
I heard him in the next parlor.            A howling
dog prevented his slumber.   I hadn t heard
the creature, but did distinguish a yap and
momentary yell subsequently.  Bellew went
to bed again and slept soundly, as I did,
till God s sunlight came in through the windows
and aroused me.         My host was up presently.
All the arrangements of the household struck
me as in keeping, a curious blending of mag-
nificence and discomfort.  The plug to the
wash basin in the bath room was mislaid;
I had to wash in running water, a la Eothen  
(a good plan, too.) One handsome chair in Bellew s studio was deficient of an arm. When the girl made the fire
she didn t clean out the cinders of overnight, but
heaped on top an extravagant and unnecessary a-
mount of wood   which Bellew removed.  We
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes Frank Bellew's house.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.