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Still, having used up all the people in her new boarding-
house and got intensely detested there she comes to visit
Mrs Levison.   Mrs L is learning French and the guitar.
The music master being present on one of Mrs G s visits sang
in a manner which Mrs G thought  beautiful.   So she worries
Mrs L to know when he d come again.   Mrs L told her at
3 P.M. yesterday.    Now yesterday was the wettest, most dren-
ching day conceivable, yet sure enough, at fifteen minutes
past the hour in comes the draggled widow.   In order to save
one cent she had taken rail-car instead of omnibus, walked two
or three blocks, only to arrive   too late.   Mrs L had purposely
named the hour at which her guitar lesson concluded.  Presently
Gladdy came to fetch her home   having stayed behind to get
his lunch out of the boarding house   also wet through.  Why
didn t you ride?   Why, you know, ma, you wouldn t give me
the money!   This boy she pretends to doat on, and he has
some internal disease, they say enlargement of the heart.   I have
hear her scold him for running up stairs too fast.     Well,
after borrowing a quarter dollar Mrs G went off.    Presently
a Frenchman, one of her fellow boarders, calls with a car-
riage and manifests much excitement on learning that she
has gone. (She had left a message at the boarding house bid-
ding him follow   telling Mrs Levison, too, that she had run
away especially to avoid him!)  What a fool she does de-light
to make of me!  says the miserable dupe of a Frenchman!
  Mrs L gave me a note for Haney, which I took to him.
  22.  Thursday.  Down town.  To F. Leslie s.   Old Powell
 looming up burly and large  like Micawber, for whose
portrait he sat, in the office.    He gave me but a sulky
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Describes stories about Mrs. Gouverneur told by Mrs. Levison.
Subject:Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William, Mrs.; Music; Powell, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.