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me on the head,  (twice his height by the by.)       Under this
pilotage we arrived at the Four Corners, where were two
or three shanties, but closed.     So our guards were at default, where
at Barth bestowed cents upon them for the purchase of a sigar, which
act I poisoned by the suggestion that they d cut it in half, & render
themselves extremely sick therewith.   Taking counsel with two of or
three men there sitting we went on & presently dined at a Dutch
tavern, cold beef, rye-bread & Lager Beer.       Back in
the evening & to New York.     Called on the Normans subsequently.
  6.  Monday.   Drawing &c.  To Lantern Office.    Dined at Goslings
where, at the bar I met May, whom I have seen off at Mrs
Kidders.     Heard how there had been a great row  tween Mrs K
& her sister Mrs Lawton, in which they called one another harlots ending in the latter 
quitting the house.
Thus it was,  Mrs K inclining to be despotic insisted on closing
 her house   at 11.  May stopping longer, sitting lovemaking with
Mrs L, Mrs K had come forth, & a row followed.     Whereupon
after assaulting her sisters throat  Mrs K did set down and
write a letter telling her sister she was a ___,   next morning
more row, recriminations, Mrs K wanted to send for the police,
& her sister left.            What a damnable woman that is.
Warmed with the subject May let out  what he knew , how
General Wallbridge   (the old fellow I saw once at Franklin
Street)  had a key to Mrs Kidders door to let himself in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page thirty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island with William Barth.
Date:1852-09-05
Subject:Barth, William; Children; Drawing; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Lawton, Mrs.; Leisure; May; Norman; Norman, Mrs.; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Wallbridge; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Franklin Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.