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         Boarding house nastiness and scandal.
contracted syphilis, hence they are debarred from
getting drunk as usual.         I think the devils of 
Lechery, Laziness and Intemperance must
have a special affection for 132 Bleecker Street:
yesterday, or rather the night preceding it, develop-
ped another nastiness.   One Miss Shopland, a
former acquaintance of the Woodwards girls and
of Jones, came to board here three or four days
ago, appearing conversible and chatty and less
stupid than the average of her class   Broad-
way shop-tenders.    Well; of a Saturday night
she has her  beau  here, takes him into the
back parlor and then and there fornicates in two 
acts, diversely performed, according to the testi-
money of three  lady  boarders who witness the
delicate transaction from the adjoining rooms
in the rear.      One s a shop-girl, t other a widow
of three months (and sister to the wife or mistress
of Jewell the gambler) the third the wife of Blank
man, the blatant pro-slavery ruffian who
occupies the adjacent room to this in which I
write.        They are all low, trashy, and uneduca-
ted and the last has Whore written in large capi-
tal letters in her every look, gesture and motion.
Her husband, whom she keeps, is brother to a
certain New York lawyer who became notorious
by marrying one  Fanny White  a well known
prostitute and bawd, relative to whose stinking-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page thirteen
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1862-10-06
Subject:Blankman; Blankman, Edmond; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Delany, Miss; Dennis, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jones (boarder); Shepherd, N.G.; Shopland, Miss; White, Fanny; Women; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite); Woodward, Susan
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker Street; Broadway
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.