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North River, and the Ocean Steamships.        Sate talking on
many things till 7, when we went off to Florence s in
Broadway to sup,   I & Charley.   Talk of the Brown
Family at length.   Of the New Orlean s brother Henry.  How
by a  masterly  legal swindle in bankruptcy he had acquired
some $20,000 or so, two years back.   How George, and
his precious wife with her dowry of children came down at his
invitation.   Did nothing,  spent money.   Wife who in her
 pomes  was always  Dear-Fredding  him, and talking how
she only wanted a sackcloth frock,  bare cottage and love,
did in sober prose squander, and idle, and be-drabble herself;
how he   George,  hadn t any shirts ,  how indolence  and dissi-
pation, folly and selfishness  played the devil with the lot.
Harry seems to be the fast man.   Gambles away his ill
gotten thousands, drinks and the rest of it.    Albert inane,
idle and   nothing.   George sick,  spitting blod, expecting
death at  Pine Woods    wife with him, amusing herself as
wont, scandal busy about her.         Fitting sister for Mrs
Kidder!    /         Back to Collin s Hotel for Charley s good
sister,   and walked about Saint John s Park till 10
or later.
  20.  Monday.   Breakfast at Goslings.  Post Office.
Wells & Webb.    Picayune &c.   Back to work.  Dunsier
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and twenty-four
Description:Comments on the Brown family.
Date:1853-06-19
Subject:Bankruptcy; Brown, Emma; Brown, George; Brown, George, Mrs. (Bartholomew, Winchester); Brown, Henry; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Diseases; Dunsier; Gambling; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Poetry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Collins Hotel; Saint John's Park
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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.