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                            Harris s.
with a story that Hamilton had written to
the Times stating that he, Howell, had be-
come a Captain in a negro regiment, assert-
ing that we had all heard and credited it,
but abstained from &c &c.  Howell, a corres-
pondent of the World and an anti-abolitionist,
was very wroth.       Hither and thither.   In
the evening to Harris s, at the corner of St
Mary s and South Street, on the north side
of Lafayette Square.      The door opened by
Mrs Harris, who inducts me into a handsome
back-parlour, adjacent to which, in the
rear room, is set the tea service, and where
I find a tall young lady, introduced to me
as Miss Louisiana Smith.x    Soon Harris
appeared and we had tea, and then ad-
journed to the back parlour.   Mrs. Harris
is charmingly dressed, her eyes deep-brown
and sparkling, her hair dark and curly, worn
in a modern French style with a little bow of
red velvet in the centre.         Her complexion
is so fair as to be pale, aided by a soup on
of powder, as I could discern when she sat
near me.   Furthermore her softly-curved eye-
brows are, I think, improved by art.       But
fine eyes and hair go a good way towards con-
stituting beauty in women, and the general
effect was decidedly fascinating.   The photograph
  x She had a perfectly antique Greek profile   straight as Hele[word cut off]
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and thirty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Harris and his wife in New Orleans.
Date:1863-02-10
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Harris, Lizzie; Harris, T. Decatur; Howell; Smith, Louisiana; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Lafayette Square; South Street
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.