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her locks being several shades lighter than
the unpopular hue and silky.     A brisk ener-
getic, shrewdish, approbative woman, her own
best servant, looks as if she had seen trouble
and met it bravely.   Uses California vulgarisms
in speech.     Has a son known as Alfred, a
rather heavyish wilful looking fellow of perhaps
one and twenty, who apparently does nothing for
his living, comes home nocturnally at all sorts
of hours, and sometimes lies in bed, in my
old room, till 2 P. M.     Saving bed the cham-
ber is quite bare of furniture.        The adjoining
back attic is tenanted by a tallish, thin, friendly
not over shrewd looking young Bostonian; a 
clerk of some sort in, I think the  commission 
business.   His name is Cutler and he it was
who used to do the staircase window tete a tetes
with Anna Bradbury.   I fancy he s a good fellow
enough.         Front attic, next to my room contains
two occupants, feminine; one a widow, thin, mea-
gre featured and generally very much in the style
of the Autocrats  angular female in black bomba-
zine , altogether unpromising of aspect   you meet
the kind of woman everywhere in America, and
they might change minds or souls without anybody
finding it out, as Dickens says of the same
character.     The other may, I suppose be con-
sidered the belle of the house.   A round-faced
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page forty-five
Description:Describes his landlady Mrs. Boley and boarders at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boley, Susan; Bradbury, Anna; Cutler, Peter Y.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.