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travel, has settled in the Temple   has something
to do, Boutcher guesses, in the erection of the new Adel-
phi theatre.    Hepburn got an  affection of the spine  in
the Crimea and is  on his back, in the country somewhere. 
Boutcher s been up the Thames with a Yorkshire  squire,
whom he first met at Nineveh (!)  had a good time of it
generally.         Mrs Church s letter, dated Paris, and
written in a very fine, close, delicate hand, speaks of a
pretty good voyage across the Atlantic, a safe arrival, no
difficulties about passport (which followed her in another
vessel) with incidental matters.       She is naturally, very
lonely contrasting her former experience of the French capi-
tal, when her parents lived there, with the present.  She
takes long walks each day.     A lady s letter   just a trifle
Frenchy in tone when she speaks of herself.         Mary
Anne writes that the farm sold for $1019 part paid down
part to be paid in two years.  (It was appraised at 1200.)
She wishes she had got her share in money instead of
household goods, having to sell the latter to pay board.  Her
prospects, poor woman, are gloomy enough.               Doing
chores till the afternoon, then called at Ashton Place think-
ing their might be news from Waud.   None   but news of
an unexpected character.      Selina s husband is dead
and buried.   Taken sick at New Orleans of yellow fever
  it s prevalent there now   he died at a hotel, almost
immediately.  She had but ten days experience of matri-
mony.          They ve got but two boarders and Mrs J. talks
of giving up the project.   Mrs Sexton s husband is still
in the Tombs, where she visits him.               A pleasant
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes letters received from Mrs. Church and Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Subject:Boutcher, William; Church; Church, Mrs.; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hepburn; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Maltravers; Purdue; Sexton, Francis C.; Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred
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.