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        An average couple of New Yorkers.
her own hands or set him up in business.   He
is called  Doctor  and addresses others without
any prefix to their names, loudly; as  Mullen, 
 Cahill ; has conversation generally consisting
of abuse of abolitionists,  Greeley,  the Tribune,
Beecher and the like, uttered in the most of-
fensive manner.    His wife has accused him,
publicly, of being a liar and coward, stating 
that all his family were the same; in a row
originating in her having traced him to some
brothel with a prostitute.   She dresses extensively, 
walks with a whorish swagger, odious to
witness, talks as recorded and displays an
affection blending that of a spoiled child with
that of a self-willed, vulgar, pretentious insolent
woman.     Her cackle is almost bawdily free
and easy; she imitates her husband in her
off hand phraseology to the male boarders,
throws bits of bread at Mullen or Shepherd,
and sings with screeching resonance over the
hapless boarding-house piano.   To contemplate
her is to think  Bitch, Bitch, Bitch,  in 
a sort of mental gamut.              This couple
have a child, rather a pretty one, too, of a 
villanously bad temper, who  takes things  out
of the boarders rooms.      While writing the
above I am favored by Bradshaw with the
information that Mrs Blankman declares that
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page twenty
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1862-10-06
Subject:Abolition; Beecher, Henry Ward; Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Bradshaw; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mullen, Edward F.; New York tribune.; Shepherd, N.G.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

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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.