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                           Blankman.
other dissuaded the  doctor  with the comforting
assurance that he couldn t really stand up a-
gainst me!     He still breathed threats and accu-
sations.   I was perfectly cool, as
I had been, ever since I had given the verbal
provocation   this, too, to my own surprise.  I kept
proposing that he should order his wife   if she
were his wife   to go into the kitchen with the
rest of the women, while we fought out the quar-
rel.     Let  em go in der yard!  shouted Al-
bert Boley.    You hold your tongue, Albert, or
I ll whip you!  cried his enraged mother.   Blank-
man, taking care not to come on, uttered the word
 Coward!    Old Jewitt behind me, whisper-
ed,  There! do you hear what he calls you   hit
him!     So I went in again and gave him a
few more good ones in the face without getting
the slightest punishment in return, when the
wife came at me like a mad cat and the round
ended abortively.    I had got her frantic
by a little cool sarcasm after she had hit
me in the eye, complimenting her on her science
and saying that doubtless she had had a good
deal of practice on  that cur there.    Your e
a loafer, a refugee! that s what you are! 
she panted, almost beside herself with rage.
 Your e another!  I responded, quaintly.   As
there was evidently no prospect of further
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page fifty-four
Description:Describes a fight with Blankman at his boarding house.
Date:1862-10-30
Subject:Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boley, Susan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; Women
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.