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        and talk.           Train in England.
and licked him.   He has his arm in a sling
and he looks like Barnum s blue man!  deposes
Shepherd.     The man has really been insulting
and avoiding everybody, by dint of his bull-beef
assurance.      People didn t like to get into a row
with him.   I go off with Shepherd to get my eye
painted at an artist s studio.    (It is discolored,
but not anyway swollen or painful; the blow
fell rather on the inner side of the nose.)      Shep-
herd tells me all about the Blankmans; from
which it appears that the fellow is a Jew; that
he hangs on to his brother, the lawyer who mar-
ried the prostitute, getting $15 or $20 a week
from him; that the wife has some money, but
not much and that the whole lot are notoriously
low.       Haney called this morning, having heard
of my fight from Cahill, whom he met at the
big Republican meeting at the Cooper Insti-
tute, last night.         It seems generally conceded
that had Blankman got me at advantage as
I had him, he would have kicked, jumped and
stomped upon me, after the brutal American
or New York style of fighting; regrets are expres-
sed that I didn t do the same.            Down town
in the afternoon.   Blankman didn t show
at the supper-table.         With Boweryem to
the Academy to hear G. F. Train on the sub-
ject of  Rotten England! 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page fifty-six
Description:Describes the aftermath of his fight with Blankman at his boarding house.
Date:1862-10-31
Subject:Blankman; Blankman, Edmund; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Shepherd, N.G.; Train, George Francis; White, Fanny
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.