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                        To New York
of the window at streets and shops, and   above
all things !   at pretty and elegantly dressed
women.  I seemed to love all women ! to be
wanting to hug them ! I was gaunt, wretched-
ly thin, with a sun-burned hollow face, my
hair long; my hat an old felt one, without
a band to it, in which I had often fed my
mule; my heavy coat, threadbare in places,
and all stained with the rains, the earth and
the resinous germs exuding form the trees
against which I had leant; my waist coat
was almost buttonless; my trousers tucked
into rusty old boots, and one thickness of
the seat worn into rags from friction on
the saddle.  Also I wore a rough leather
belt, acquired at Yorktown.  In such a
plight I presented myself at 132 Bleeker
Street.  I found Shepherd, Jewett, Lloyd
and Mrs. Bowley in the basement and took
my dinner with them; adjourning anon to 
the big upper room on the third floor, which
had been recently occupied by Boweryem,
who, however, had left it to live with the
Robertson s.  Here I held a sort of levee, being
visited by the fellows, before turning in.
     6.  Friday.  Going out in the afternoon
met Boweryem, who was on his way to the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page forty-seven
Description:Regarding Gunn's appearance, and his arrival at 132 Bleecker Street, New York.
Date:1862-06-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; Lloyd (boarder); Robertson; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Shepherd, N.G.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia
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.