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         The Son of a Landlady of a Third
             Rate New York Boarding House.
ral character, low enough (like that of all
average Americans) has been lowered by the
exigencies of her position and the difficulties 
of getting along in a very hard world.   She is
not particular as to the doings of her board-
ers, provided they don t pay us too irregularly,
and don t violate the proprieties too openly 
  even overlooking this in the case of Cahill and
Shepherd s drunkenness.         She has drifted
into equivocal (I hardly think criminal) rela-
tions with Jewitt in consequence of his persist-
ence and her loneliness.    Swears when provoked.
  Albert Boley, her son.       A whelp, a cub,
a New York b hoy of the most offensive kind;
a loafer and blackguard, whose existence is
an offence and nuisance, whose violent ex-
tinction would be regretted by nobody living
except his mother.    He is lame; he lied abed
till noon or much later, bullies his mother
with oaths and foul language and bellows
like an hungry wolf for his food of the ser-
vants.      He has no vocation, except perhaps
that of hanger-on at some low  policy-shop, 
gambling-house, or semi-brothel.     Utterly
worthless, odious to look upon and listen
to, happily one sees not too much of him
and then wonders what he was created for
and why he has been permitted to live thus
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page seventeen
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1862-10-06
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; Shepherd, N.G.; Women
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.