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length kept the matter alive.  So,
going upstairs to bed one night, when
the rest of the fellows were at the
theatre, the devil tempted me to write
in a feigned hand, a mysterious
warning to Hayes, anonymously
informing him that he had offended
one who never was known to forgive
and who had both the power and in-
clination to gratify his malice   that
a blow would be struck at his heart
with equal secrecy and surety   final-
ly exhorting him not to go out late,
alone or unarmed.    This awful missive
I put under his door.     Next day there
was a sensation.   The boy never suspect-
ed me, told everybody about it, exhort-
ed the watchman to be on his guard
and talked about the thing so, that
I revealed the secret that evening to him, in
the presence of Schell (who knew it
before) in the Rotunda.
  Another omission.  On the evening of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Describes writing a forged letter to Hayes as a joke.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Practical jokes; Schell, Frank H.
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-01-03


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
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, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.