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                 About Acquaintances.
a professional sponger.  Talk of Edge.  He
came back from the Virginian peninsula look-
ing very ill and being extremely hard-up.  So
Bellew invited him to visit him at Fordham,
where he bored his host dreadfully for ten
days, and then borrowed $17 of Haney and
went to Philadelphia.  Since then he has
returned but keeps shady : he met Banks
at the carrier office and begged him not to
mention his arrival in New York.  They say
he omitted to pay his bill at the Amity street
boarding-house.  Out with Bellew, Banks
following, to Frank Leslie s.  J.A. Wood
talking about  this d____d country  and
pronouncing his principal  as greasy as ever. 
Leslie, he said, had been out on a big spree
for weeks; he lived in a Fifth Avenue house
with Mrs Squier; there was no particular
concealment about it.  Talk with honest
Miller the german salesman.  Out with Bel-
lew, having got rid of Banks, of whom the
artist spake dispraisingly saying he didn t
object to a man s sponging for a year or two,
or even three, if he liked to do so, but when
it came to be permanent, it was a nuisance-
a drink at Crook and Duffs, then parted-
met Hayes the engraver and went with him
with him in m melancholy return to New York in 1872
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Regarding Gunn's acquaintances during his absence.
Date:1862-09-15
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Civil War; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes (engraver); Leslie, Frank; Miller (salesman); Squier, E.G., Mrs.; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Amity Street; Fifth Avenue
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.