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        A letter from Bob Gun.   Bellew s return.
considers it prophetic.     He aspires to be not only
a member of Parliament but future Premier of En-
gland!     He professes to have had interviews with Lord
John Russell, John Bright and half a dozen other
notabilities, exhibits notes from them; and got
his present commission at Bright s instance.  He
talks with equal familiarity of American states-
men and celebrities and really seems to know
many of them.     Withal he has the agreable habits
of talking overmuch, too loud, and getting close up
to you in conversation.      He would like to  capture 
his ex-friend Paul Morphy, the chess-player, now
in the Southern army.                        At 8  , was
going down stairs in company with Boweryem, when
Haney and Jack Edwards came up, thinking that
I was off for Washington and intending to bid me
goodbye.    Out with them as far 14h street.
Haney has received a recent letter from Bob Gun,
in which he mentions that Major Piercy has turn-
ed lawyer   he saw him  cutting about the bank-
ruptcy court with a bag !          Alone to Bellew s,
having learnt from F. Leslie that he had return-
ed home.       Found him with his throat muffled up,
complaining of sickness, Mrs B. smart in a red
jacket and jaunty headdress of the same color, look-
ing very much enciente and affectionate to her
husband.      Old Van Orden was there, too, but he
soon departed.      Bellew had found Hall on the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page twenty-one
Description:Mentions that Jesse Haney has received a letter from Bob Gun.
Date:1862-03-07
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Boweryem, George; Bright, John; Clothing and dress; Edge, Frederick; Edwards, John; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Morphy, Paul; Piercy; Russell, John; Van Orden
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):14th Street
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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.