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days!   Aunt Bessie, too, is sick; her child,
a girl of 13, taller than her mother.       John Mit-
chell at Cambridge, Minnie a governess in the north
of England, the rest of the family  not very prosper-
ous  in Australia   their fat, selfish mother caring
little about them, I trow.           A strong item about
the Heaths.  Both  Mrs H s children dead.  Tilly 
at a finishing school.       Rosa writes principally of
Albert Smith s Chinese Entertainment.    Drawing
& writing.   A dash at  Paul Gower.    Up till 2.
  23.  Wednesday.  Drawing till the afternoon,
then down town; to Pic, Constellation and Nic-
nax Offices.   A lovely spring day.   Writing & draw-
ing till 12 P.M.        A letter from Mary Anne this
morning.    She is  taking quinine for the ague ; the
boys have left their work on the railroad, little
doing, times gloomy,  about $82  owing her, she owing
a doctor s bill and for some board; the boys will
have about $153  coming to them.    About $400 were
left unpaid on the farm &c.    A sad look out for them.
  24.  Thursday.  Drawing on wood.   By 5 1/2
down town, looked in at Nic-nax Office, then to Brook-
lyn.  Encountered old Thorpe on the ferry boat   once
F. Leslie s editor, now of the Custom-house and Spirit
of the Times, into the last of which he has recently
purchased, at Richards  death.    Walked awhile with
him in Brooklyn; anon to Oxford St.   Grace s eight-
eenth birthday.   Haney there, and in the course of the
evening, Mort Thomson, Ed Wells and Cahill.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes letters received from his mother, sister Rosa, and half-sister Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Subject:Bessy (Aunt); Cahill, Frank; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Heath, Mrs.; Jenkins, Tilly; Mitchell, John; Mitchell, Minnie; Mitchell, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thorpe; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):Brooklyn, [New York]; [New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Oxford Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.