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                   The Rawlings Household.
an engraver on wood in England: he obtained
money by the prostitution of a sister to some wealthy
man whom Rawlings named.        Returning to
breakfast my inexhaustible host must needs show
me over the house, actually conveying me to the
connubial chamber, descanting on the excellence
and solidity of the old furniture; then to the lib-
brary and other rooms.     There were portraits of
himself, of his father and mother and of  poor
Tom  his brother.    A full length photograph of
himself in a court suit, of course involved a narra-
tion of his presentation to Queen Victoria, though
he didn t include the item that the event had been
annulled by special order afterwards.    The library
was a good old one, containing standard books, 
excellently bound; I saw a bound volume of
Boston newspapers, published during Washington s
presidency.       It s not a bad thing, marrying
a rich wife!  said Rawlings.           In the hand-
some drawing-room, Quigg seated at the piano,
played us the national tunes of many nations.
(His name is not Napoleon, but John Travis, 
the Bonapartist soubriquent having been given by
Rawlings, plagiarized from another person of
the same surname.)     We looked over photographs
of the different U. S. generals.     Rawlings pere
and mere being present, also the young mother
and her child.        As she moved vivaciously in her
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-six
Description:Describes his visit to the Rawlings family.
Date:1862-10-26
Subject:Elmendorf, Unadilla (Rawlings); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Quigg, John; Rawlings; Rawlings, Augustus; Rawlings, Maud; Rawlings, Mrs.; Rawlings, T.E.; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
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.