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                        Row and Fight
Blankman had advanced on his side of the table
uttering oaths and threats about  mashing that nose
of mind,  calling me an  English s_n of a b___h 
and the like.      But I noticed that he manifested
no particular alacrity on the direction of the pas-
sage.     Presently he returned to his seat with a
menace or so about knowing where to find me  
way laying me and what not.    I told him that
I intended that the settlement should come off
after I d had dinner.           So resuming my coat
I ate my meal in a state of perfect calmness  
indeed directly I had got out the words  bully
and blackguard  I never felt more utterly at
ease in my life.     There would be a fight I
knew   I was determined about that   and
either I should thrash him or he me; anyway
we should be in correct relation with each other
henceforth.   The fellow looked strong and mus-
cular; a bully is not always a coward; and
putting no particular faith in what his wife
is reported to have said of him, I anticipated
a pretty savage shindy, being only resolved 
not to give in until I couldn t strike another
blow and to hammer him well first.    So we
sat, I sweetly eating my dinner, he scowling,
looking the picture of brutal malevolence and
feeling in his pockets, as if to intimate that he
carried some weapon and would use it.     This
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page fifty-one
Description:Describes a fight with Blankman at his boarding house.
Date:1862-10-30
Subject:Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.