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and the Pic Offices.   O Brien at the latter.   Return, to
bootmakers.  Back to dinner by 3 1/2.   Phonography etc. at night.
  8.  Thursday.  Drawing &c.  Thomson came up, subse-
quently dining with us, he, with his family and the Parton s, all
going to the Crystal Palace Charity ball, Haney accompanying.
Down town in the afternoon.  Rain.  Pic Office.  O Brien and Bellew
there.  Gun and Cahill.   All at Delmonico s.  Thomson & Mc Lenan
came.   There two hours or more, drinking, loafing, talking and
wasting time.  It was very dreary.  Up town with Cahill.   Sup-
ped at Honey s.
  9.  Friday.  In doors, doing chores &c, some phonography,
more reading till 5.  Out of sorts, dissatisfied with self, so
turned out for a rapid walk down Broadway.   The first block
I meet   Lotty!  She had just passed me when we both stopped
recognizing each other.   Told me she was playing at Laura Keene s,
had been down South (which I knew) and gave me her address.
 Mrs Alleyne  still.   She looked very well, her hazel-black eyes
as brilliant as ever and her black hair worn after the old fashion,
in thick clustering curls round that witching, irregular, yellow-
freckled, beautiful face.  And when she smiled  twas her old
arch, strangely infantile, wilful smile showing her beautifully
white and regular teeth.   She asked me to come and see her,
and spoke of  her bear  being jealous, and so we parted.    I
walked down to St Pauls, in a mood of bitter musing and
profound sadness, thinking of life and its responsibilities.
It s now nine years since I came to this country.  What
have I not seen and done since then?  And how much nearer
am I to a home and    Let me stick to my Phonography.
Went back and devoted the evening to it.   At the supper-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes taking a walk and meeting Lotty on the street.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); McLenan, John; O'Brien, Fitz James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, 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.