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             Letter from Home   Mrs Mitchell  
        Jim Parton   A Day at Edwards .
and elsewhere, doing small shoppings &c.   At An-
thony s.   Writing till 11.
  19.  Sunday.   Jack Edwards came up, with
a letter from me, from my mother, received through
Haney.     Much as usual at home, my father s health
no better.      Aunt Mitchell not expected to live, kindly
entertained by her sister, my aunt Bessie, at Clifton,
who has forgiven old wrongs.    Confined to her bed,
not a child near her but John, who comes as often
as his duties will permit,  the selfish woman lies,
Tom, William, Minnie and pretty Annie away at the
Antipodes, never to see again the mother who cared
but little for them.            Out with Jack into the lovely,
sunny morning, with the intention of going to Bellows 
church, but passing Dodsworth s, Jack propsed
we should visit Jim Parton.     We found him with
Haney as a handsome two-windowed room at the
top of the building.    Talk of the war and its belong-
ings until past 1, when Jim had to go off to meet
his catamaran, waiting for him in Union Square.
Haney and I went home with Jack.   At 745 we
found a Mr Rogers, brother to hearty Bill of Ro-
chester, and present owner of a canal-boat, laden
with grains from Buffalo.      Soon the family return-
ed from the Central Park.          An English dinner
and quiet afternoon and evening.       It was good to
be there, though one wanted the girls to like one a little
more and to relieve one of the responsibility of al-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page thirty-four
Description:Describes a visit with the Edwards family.
Date:1862-10-18
Subject:Bessie; Civil War; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mitchell, Annie; Mitchell, John; Mitchell, Minnie; Mitchell, Mrs.; Mitchell, Tom; Mitchell, William; Parton, James; Rogers (boat owner); Rogers, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Buffalo, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Union Square
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.