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                       Christmas Day
appointed New Orleans Correspondent to the
World, not, however, on a regular salary, but
to be paid per letter.       For this no man could
be better qualified, inasmuch as he was hand in
glove with all the rebels in the city, but his drunk-
enness marred all.     For me I believe he had
an unaffected liking; he told me many things
that I should have found it difficult to get
otherwise.   I remembered his kindness to me
on the Post, when he always found jobs for me
when he could.    Naturally I felt some regard
for the man and tried to prevent him going to
the devil, with the usual success.      With How-
ell for a long stroll up Canal Street, return-
ing to dine together at the Southern Restau-
rant.       In the evening with Schell, Howell, 
Hayes and Hamilton to the theatre;  Everybody s
Friend  and a farce.     Returning to the rotun-
da = an influx of New York papers up to the
16th.  Reading, talk and a stroll.
  25.  Thursday.   Christmas Day.  Idling.
A walk to Gen Hamilton s.    Upstairs with
Burt, Herbert, Leland and another, in the
balcony.    Almost a June day.   Return to the
St Charles.        Howell and Hayes in their
room scribbling; followed their example.  Turn-
ed out at 4.       To St Joseph Street and the
levee.   A Christmas crowd, the vessels gaily
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and thirty-three
Description:Describes Philip Ripley.
Subject:Burt, William L.; Christmas; Civil War; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Hayes (reporter); Herbert, J.R.; Howell; Journalism; Leland (military officer); New York evening post.; New York world.; Ripley, Philip; Schell, Frank H.; Theater
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; St. Joseph Street
Scan Date:2010-11-18


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.