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midnight, I then returned to the house with
Watson, and talking with him in Cahill s
room, it appeared that he had met Addison
Keane Richards, my acquaintance in my jour-
ney of 185 , down south.       Richards, during
a visit to New York, came to the Spirit of
the Times office (as of course he would, being
a well known sporting man and a passionate
lover of horses) when Watson was on the 
paper, and the two travelled about town
together to some small extent, Watson doub-
tless doing the honors to the celebrated Ken-
tuckian.       Keene Richards, says Watson, is
now a colonel in the Southern army.        Well,
Heaven care for him   he was a gentleman
and a good fellow.     If Kellam had lived,
now, what an ultra Secessionist and hater
of Yankees he would have been!    This
Fred Watson, as he calls himself, is a lewd
little knave; this evening he got to telling stories
of his boarding-house amours and the
like; how he lay with a landlady and had
to pay no board for nine months; how he
lay with two sisters, one a girl of fifteen or
sixteen, both knowing each others pudicity and
simultaneously being whored   and more of the
same sort.             He and Abrams, once of the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and thirty-five
Description:Describes a conversation with Fred Watson about Keane Richards.
Subject:Abrams; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kellam, Oliver; Richards, Addison Keane; Secession; Watson, Frederick
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.