[sixth page of loose letter]
Hanging of his cat on Monday
For killing of a mouse on Sunday.
I enjoyed the holiday, but my jubilation was
performed without a grain of loyalty, which
I regard as an impossible superstition, like
witchcraft or fetischism. I subscribed for our
feast, but when a misguided young lady called
on Mrs. G. for a contribution to the Womens Testi-
monial to Her Majesty, I not only refused, but
gave her such information as to the working of
that paramount piece of flunkeyism and the
atrocious riches of the intended recipient as more
than shocked her that anybody should express
such dreadful sentiments. Furthermore I sent a
two-column letter on Jubilee Mendicancy to our
local paper, bringing to bear a startling array
of facts and figures on the subject, not without
some effect, as I am occasionally reminded.
There s scarcely a villager in these parts who
won t tell you that the Queen s income is over
1,000 a day with comments. You see I
have not lived in America for nothing.
Don t let nine months pass before answering.
Cordial regards to Mrs. E and the juniors. And,
remember, we shall welcome the photographs.
Thomas Butler Gunn.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page two hundred and eleven|
|Description:||Letter from Thomas Butler Gunn, Wardington, Banbury, England, to Jack Edwards, Brook Farm near Baden, St. Louis Co., Mo., regarding the Queen's Jubilee celebration in Banbury.|
|Subject:||Bennett, Hannah; Edwards, John; Edwards, John, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Wardington, Banbury, England]|
|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.|