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              Anecdote about the Stedmans.
visitors appeared in the afternoon, [word crossed out] men
from some adjacent, whose business was
to talk pro-slavery Democracy and organize the
coming elections.  They wanted Rawlings to speak
on the occasion.   He says he shall run for the As-
sembly in a year s time, in the meantime going
to Europe, on his wife s attaining her majority.
(Possibly more money will accrue, then; indeed I
heard him say something to that effect.)        The
rest of the day passed in talk, smoking, tea, 
&c.               Talking incidentally of Stedman,
when the others had retired;  Isn t he something
in the Free Love way?  asked Quigg,  When I
was at his house in Washington, he asked me, in
the presence of his wife to take off (or change) my
trousers.         I didn t do it.   And she crossing her
foot on her knee to lace her boot, showed the whole
of her leg as if she didn t care a bit about my
seeing it.          I told Quigg I had met his lady-
correspondent, Mrs Winslow.   He said she was
an out-and-out Secessionist, and a fool, or some-
thing like it and that he believed she was now
living at the Planter s Hotel with her husband.
  27.  Monday.  Much the same as yesterday.
First intermittent then steady rain.   By 10 to
the depot with Quigg and Rawlings to get New
York newspapers.   My host the same as ever,
hospitable, restless, brassy, loud-voiced, rather
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-eight
Description:Describes gossip about the Stedmans heard from John Quigg.
Subject:Civil War; Elmendorf, Unadilla (Rawlings); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Quigg, John; Rawlings, Augustus; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Stedman, Laura; Winslow; Winslow, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Tivoli, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18


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.