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face he has.       Have I ever described him?
A tall, thin, cadaverous man, really like a
resuscitated corpse, a vampire, a bloodless
wretch, with oh! such a countenance   sin in-
carnate.    Ugly, small, furtive eyes, a snarky,
vulturous, cold, watchful look   Yankee dia-
bolism personified.     They say horrid things
about him,  quoth Damoreau    talk about
incest with a sister,  &c.      I never heard this
story, but I know the man has one of the
worst of characters.     Yet in spite of
this and of his appearance, he is said to be
inordinately successful with women.   You see
him with beautiful women   splendid, you
know! &c  depones Cahill, and my obser-
vation corobberates this.  The man has an
 office,  in the Times building.       When I
found myself at the boarding-house table, at
dinner, a letter was brought to me.    From Han-
nah, God love her! in recognition of my birth-
day!  I felt a card within it and supposed
(with the pang that always accompanies the news
of marriage of those I know   because I seem
so far from it   ) that it might be Mary s 
wedding card.   It was a carte-de-visite portrait
of my Hannah.     Oh! God love her!     God love
her, whatever becomes of me.         What a con-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Mentions receiving a letter from Hannah Bennett.
Date:1862-02-19
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, Mary; Birthdays; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Watson, John
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.