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intended departure.   Upon my speaking, his mother said
 Didn t Frank tell you of it?   he told Mr P. he did. 
Well I asked Frank, and he said that his father informed
him that I had told him.    I d held the thing as a sort of se-
cret, not indeed believing that Pounden would go,   of course
avoiding dropping a word to the obnoxious Irishman his father!
  I put this down as a trait of Irish nature.  Suspicion always
haunts the Celtic mind.  Lying and distrust are inherent in
them.  They can t suppose a simple, straightforward action.
One Sunday morning, from sheer want of something to say to
the nasty cub, I chanced to remark that we hadn t seen him
much of late at dinner, asking whether business kept him down
town.   Well he goes to his son with dirty suspicions that I m
inquiring about his business &c.      Irish nature is revolting  
all through   from an O Brien down   or up-to a Pounden.
  In doors, writing and drawing.        Leslie upin my room
a good deal   he, like Job, afflicted with boils, which prevent
him from going to Philadelphia, and taking a sick holiday.
Down town in the afternoon.   Met Stone.  He s stopping
temporarily in New York, with his wife.    Squeaky voice as
of yore.     A true summer s day.   Broadway full of women.
F. Leslie s, Pic Office &c.    Return.     Gun up for an hour.
Cahill s  drunk  has extended from last Friday till yester-
day night.    He has betted a pound of tobacco with Haney that
he ll abstain from liquor for a month, now.                Story of
squabble between Cahill and Banks.   Cahill feeding at Honey s
Banks (agreable man!) helps himself to a piece of bread, rub-
bing it round in Cahill s butter-dish.       Cahill invites him to
call for something, and as he won t, asks the boy to do so, as
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Regarding Pounden's suspicious nature.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Irish; Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pounden; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Mrs.; Stone, B.G.; Stone, B.G., Mrs.
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.