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                Boarding House Women.
both Cahill and Shepherd solicited her, but
in vain:  It wouldn t do,  she said;  I
should be knocked up, first go!   Also
Bradshaw, on the same authority reports
that Blankman is to be appointed  Deputy
Marshal  to Florida.    The fellow was an
avowed Secessionist when I left in June: he
is now a secret one.          If he is appointed,
have at him!      I learn, too, that he was born
in Pennsylvania, not New York.         Both
he and the woman have lived in Kentucky
and imbibed the pro-slavery sentiments
in their coarsest form.  When
she is not dressed in her ordinary harlot-fi-
nery she looks for all the world like a bold
faced waiter-girl at a concert saloon.
  Boweryem.
  Miss Delany.   See page 10.
  Miss Mc Cook.   A giraffe.   Makes noises
over the piano but has no social characteristics
worth mentioning.  Is something in the shop
way.      Has a moon-faced admirer.
  I d have left this boarding-house long ago
but for the facts that I ve a prodigious a-
mount of baggage   mostly books; and that
you can get meals here at any time you please.
Meantime I scarcely interchange a word with
anybody, nor want to.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page twenty-one
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1862-10-06
Subject:Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Bradshaw; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Delany, Miss; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McCook, Miss; Morrison; 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.