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to hear De Cordova deliver a rhymed and
prose  entertainment,  apropos of the Central
Park, entitled  the Ball is Up.         It proved rub-
bish Dickens-diluted, Doesticksy bosh, but
endurable withal, well spoken and not such abomi-
nable truck as the last I had listened to with-
in those walls.   Cahill went professionally.
Cordova is in Anglicized Jew, has a berth
in some wholesome tea house down town and
was once a writer for the N. Y. Times.      I re-
member him in connection with the Constella-
tion.     How he got his grand Spanish patro-
nymic heaven knows.       Looked in at 745.
A bit of chat with Mr and Mrs Edwards;
Mat poring over the  Woman in White,  Eliza
dozing.    To Ayliffe s  Store,  where I found
Edge and Watson.    The first had been to
a nigger minstrel entertainment, by way
of relaxation from his  Star  labors; the
second down town, to ascertain that he departs
on the morrow for Washington, thence to join
the  mortar fleet  with Porter, the destination
of which is, at present, kept secret.       Watson
goes for the N. Y. Times at $15 per week sa-
lary, expenses paid.     He is decidedly appre-
hensive, not to say funky about the presumed
danger to his own safety.       Remaining till
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and thirty-four
Description:Mentions that Watson will be corresponding in Washington for ''The New York Times.''
Date:1862-02-18
Subject:Books and reading; De Cordova; Edge, Frederick; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Porter, David D.; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hilton Head, [South Carolina]
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.