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                     Row with Blankman.
McCook has got married to her moon-faced
admirer.     His name is Morrison and he reaches
to her shoulder.   She left the house two weeks ago.
  30.  Thursday.   Tribune editorializing.
Returning from down town to our 6 o clock dinner,
I found Blankman rampant as usual, talking
his usual beastly, rowdy rot about  niggers,   white-
niggers  and a  abolitionists  at his end of the table.
I bore it as long as possible, then cut in and speak-
ing to Sanford, a decentish fellow, who was telling
an anecdote how four Irishmen had outrageously
insulted two unoffending negroes in a city car  
said that he might be sure that every blackguard
and ruffian would behave so.     This remark
caused a sensation.  Blankman muttered some-
thing.    Presently he began again in the old style
  said you never found an American gentleman
who    Do you call yourself an American
gentleman?  I asked.   He did, he said.     I
consider you a bully and a blackguard,  I ans-
wered, adding that there d been enough of that
sort of thing going on and that I was going to try
to put a stop to it.     So I rose up, slipping off my
coat with the same motion and invited him to step 
out into the passage.      Up got old Jewitt who sat 
next to me and Mrs Boley, imploring peace.    Don t
doctor!    He wasn t speaking to you Mr Gunn! 
and similar exclamations.    In the meantime
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page fifty
Description:Describes a fight with Blankman at his boarding house.
Subject:African Americans; Blankman; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; McCook, Miss; Morrison; Sanford
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.