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                   Mullen, on Edge.
here anyhow?  It s the bloodiest proceeding
I ever witnessed and it s mean.      You know
you ve no right to do it, and why the hell do
you do it, then?      By the Lord it s villanous,
besides it s ungentlemanly!  Yes! it s ungentle-
manly!    And there s no need of it!  If you
haven t got money to pay for a lodging, why
don t you come and tell me so like a man and
I ll give you half-a-dollar or a dollar     
   Yes!  said Edge, in a mendicant s whisper  do!
please lend me a dollar. 
   I ll see you damned first!  I ll lend you
twenty five cents   that s all I ll let you have.
And I ll rip you open if you re not out of the
house in two minutes and a half. 
  All this took place in our room by the light of
a tallow-candle, stuck in an ink-bottle.       The
object Edge and the irate Mullen contrasted
finely.     Edge had on his spectacles and kid-
floves; Mullen was in his shirt.           Edge got
5 cents first, and declared he would keep it,
when asked to hand it back in exchange for
25, for which Mullen intended it.     Finally
with 30 cents, Edge cleared out and has no
more been seen since.    I met him at the Post
Office to-day and he informed me that he
would soon have an appointment with a hand-
some salary, and an allowance for expenses,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and ninety-six
Description:Describes a letter received from George Boweryem.
Date:1863-01-23
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mullen, Edward F.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-11-18

 

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.