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noon.    Cahill up to exhibit a new coat which
he has purchased, providing for it by the ingenious
process of paying Mrs Boley a week ahead for
his board, that he might devote all but one
dollar of his next weeks wages, to perhaps the
first article of clothing he has bought for six months.
Having displayedit he forthwith goes down town
and returns intoxicated.          Writing story du-
ring the evening.
  15.  Friday.   In doors all the dreary, stormy,
day, writing story, very much alone until the
evening, when Edge came up, anon Billington
and anon Boweryem.           Gave  em some grog,
and they talked   especially Edge.          He is a cu-
rious little fellow, frail and weak in body, yet
with a singularly pertinacious, inquisitive, one-
sided mind, which manifests itself characteristi-
cally in his present employment.    He has the 
most unqualified faith in all the doings of the North
with relation to the present struggle; he sees in
the behavior of England as much to condemn as
though he were a born Yankee.      Presently the
whiskey set him singing and I asked Boweryem
to follow, which the little man did, erect to his
full stature, his face turned for inspiration to the
attic ceiling, his hands gesticulating majestically.
We kept it up till midnight, when Billington
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Regarding British reporter Frederick Edge.
Date:1862-02-14
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Music
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

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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.