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              Rawlings talk of Frank Leslie.
morning was overcast and damp; the sun
would have improved the prospect amazingly.  We
rode through the trees, admired the little village
lying whitely below, in the dull Sunday morning,
the distant Catskills and the view down the river.
Returning and dismounting, Rawlings still led
me hither and thither, discoursing of what improve-
ments he had md made and what he intended to
make in the property, of Frank Leslie s rascality
and ungratitude, of Before Yorktown, and much 
more.        Of F. L. I learnt a few particulars,
bad enough to be true.    His wife is now separated 
from him, living on an income paid weekly.   She
was going to cowhide him once, in consequence of
his fornication with one Martha Haines Butt,
the  poetess,  whom Leslie wanted to esquire to
the Prince of Wales  Ball in New York, which
proceeding Mrs L. and Rawlings stopped; F.L.
getting a private intimation from the managers that
he d better not show on that occasion.     (Mrs L.
is an adultress: she went off on a long western
journey with a man and her husband knew,
perhaps abetted it; I recollect Hart telling me
the particulars.     It occurred ten or twelve years
ago.)      Leslie lives now with the Squiers; going
to Saratoga and elsewhere with Mrs S, the
filthy little blower her husband being a wittol
cuckold.    Leslie, really Henry Carter, was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-five
Description:Describes his visit to the Rawlings family.
Date:1862-10-26
Subject:Butt, Martha Haines; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Leslie, Frank; Leslie, Frank, Mrs.; Marriage; Rawlings, Augustus; Squier, E.G.; Squier, E.G., Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Tivoli, 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.