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     Mullen.  A coarse-looking fellow with appropriate
     manners.  An ex-filibuster under Walker; a blackguard
     with some artistic abilities.  Irish.
  Shepherd.   Affected when sober in speech
and manner; lewd, selfwilled, and obstinate
when drunk.  Worthless.  Has written decent poetry.
  Watson.  Like Cahill guilty of embezzlement
and theft.    Possessing some ability with his pen
but utterly odious and ignoble in aspect and 
nature.    Inherently dishonest, a liar and
coward; of course worthless.
  Mrs Dennis.   See Page 10.
  Ames.   A loud, lewd, vulgar, shallow young man
employed, at $5 a week, at Anthony s, in con-
junction with Griswold and Richardson.
  Phillips.   Kindly, honest, weak and good-
intentioned.  Works at his trade of jeweler 
and is paying up back debt to Mrs Boley
by small installments.   Still  engaged  to Trainque.
  A middle-aged, respectable looking man
whose name I don t know, who sits by
the Blankmans at table and is civil to them
but otherwise unexceptionable.
  The Blankmans.    See pages 9 and 10.
One of the most odious couples I have ever
known, even in boarding-house life.      The
fellow s aspect is of the  fancy-man  order,
he dresses showily and is prone to talk in
a strident, bullying tone of his  being a gentle-
man.     It is understood that his wife has
money, but that she won t trust it out of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page nineteen
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1862-10-06
Subject:Ames; Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Dennis, Mrs.; Griswold; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mullen, Edward F.; Phillips (boarder); Richardson (boarder); Shepherd, N.G.; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Watson, Frederick
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.