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               Jewitt, Bradshaw and Cahill.
long.     To be near him is to want to kick, to
fall violently upon, to throw him out of win-
dow.
  Jewitt.  A good-humored man, an el-
derly  bummer.   (The word is an odiously
low one, New York slang, but so applicable
that I can t deny myself the use of it.)  Awfully
long-winded and windily-oratorical, to hazard
a remark towards him is to curse the day of 
your birth in five minutes.  He says an infini-
te deal of nothing, not of Gratiano s kind, but
of labyrinthine platitudes, dreary to hear and
exasperating to suffer.       Evidently a  dead-
head  in the establishment, earning his board
by doing household chores and attentions to the
landlady.     He is very much disliked by Mrs
Burtis, her married daughter, and regarded 
surlily by the whelp Albert, whom his mother
has threatened to turn out of doors on Jewitt s
account.    Has some kind of business down
town but can t be there very much.       Not of-
fensive except when oratorical.   Generally pro-
pitiatory.x
  Bradshaw.     Not offensive.    Is agent for
a Life Assurance; soliciting for it.   Friendly.
  Cahill.   Profligate and dishonest, a drunk-
ard past hope of reclamation.   Inherently lewd
in life and conversation.       Worthless.
x He was tried for rape once, before his going to California.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eighteen
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1862-10-06
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boley, Susan; Bradshaw; Burtis, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett
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.