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Blankman being the most communicative.   They
also declare that they won t come to table with Shop-
land.    So on her return from church on Sunday
morning, when she enters her room   the scene of
the alleged fornication   Jewett taxes her with
it, being frank in his specifications.      She denies
it, of course, says that only innocent familiarities
passed, that she s engaged to be married to  the
party  &c, finally consenting to have her din-
ner sent up-stairs and presently falling to
ringing for it furiously!   Incontinently after
the meal she clears out, sending for her trunk
this morning.     And so ends our last nastiness,
the heroine threatening to prosecute her slander-
ers.       They are not a bit too good to be liars
about the business.          The house ought fairly
to reek with the odors of the whores, swindlers
and blackguards who have lived and who
do live in it.    Let me reckon up the entire household as 
it is, by way of curiosity:
  Mrs Boley.   Naturally a good-humored,
hasty-tempered, industrious woman, who might
have been entirely estimable and respectable.
Has a drunken, discarded husband,x I be-
lieve a gambler, living either in New York or
Philadelphia.     She speaks of  Boley  with a
reminiscence of what must once have been a
strong affection.      Her moral estimate of gene-
  x Her second   the first died.  He was father to Mrs Burtis.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page sixteen
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Subject:Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Boley; Boley, Susan; Burtis, Mrs.; Delany, Miss; Dennis, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; Shopland, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Scan Date:2010-10-18


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.