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      W. Leslie: Mrs Potter s household: News
talking and drinking till near 1.
  5.  Sunday.   A lovely, cool, sunny morning.
To Hall s, finding him abed with his brother.
Waited till he got up, then took a brief stroll to-
gether.        Towards the close of the afternoon went
to Leslie s, uptown.   Stayed till about 10; he
and his wife and child being much as usual; the
latter outgrowing her baby-hood.   Leslie talked He-
rald about the war and was as loud, as cordial,
as obstinate, as hospitable, as essentially worldly
in all things as ever.       He entertained the Hay-
eses   the old folks   for a week during the spring
or summer, when there was a perfect carnival
of card-playing.     He keeps up some acquaintance
with the Selwyns, at Mrs Potter s and I had
some news gossip, in consequence, about the folks
there.     Miss Cooper, says Leslie, came out and
embraced him, carried him off to the attic to vi-
sit the two old women, her mother and Miss Stur-
gis, both of whom find it difficult to break them-
selves of  that bad habit of living  they have got
into.      They have their food sent up-stairs.    Ha-
ney occupies an adjoining attic.      On Leslie s re-
port, Mrs Pot keeps the old portico in a generally
dirty state, charging Miss S. exhobitantly,
possibly by way of recompence for keeping t other.
Both Miss Cooper and Mrs Potter always say
that their mother is  failing  (as I knew the lat-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eight
Description:Describes gossip about Mrs. Potter's boarding house with William Leslie.
Date:1862-10-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Cooper, Lucia; Cooper, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haney, Jesse; Hayes; Hayes, Mrs.; Leslie, Marion; Leslie, William; New York herald.; Potter, Mrs.; Selwyn; Selwyn, Mrs.; Sturgis, Miss
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.