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		New York
			Care of Harper Bros
				Nov 4  1887

My Dear Gunn,
		I just met Frank Schell
& he told me he was writing you a
long letter.    I sent word by him saying
that I often thought of you.   I often picture
you in your rural English home, and see
you with your now partially grey beard
among the cabbage & carrot bushes.
  Here social intercourse is growing
worse & worse   nothing but bar-rooms
& brutal Americanism, there seem to be
no Englishmen here now as of yore.
  I have be steadily living in the boiling
cauldron of hell since you left.  Two
of my children my son & youngest daughter
have turned out very badly.      My Wife
died somewhat over a year ago under
most painful & humiliating circumstances.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page two hundred and three
Description:Letter from F. H. Bellew, New York, to Gunn, giving news about his family.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Schell, Frank H.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.