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	       We encounter Lotty.
of the hall when Mason came in, a gun in his
hand, with which he had been trying to punish
the aggressions of neighbor s chickens.  I spoke to
him, when we passed upstairs as without recognition,
and I remembered, then, my putting him into my
boarding-house book as  a little, low Englishman 
or something of the sort.    He has recently returned
from a two or three months visit to the old coun-
try, which has considerably mollified his Americo-
phobia.     It rained every day there.      With his
wife, he removes to New York soon.          I fancy
the cub made a good mercantile investment in
marrying honest Jane Gibson, she is forewoman
or something of the sort in a millinery establish-
ment and earns thrice or twice as much as he
does.    He looked broad, squat and sturdy.
We supped with Mr & Mrs M. and the children,
then, ascertaining at Lotty s house the way the
party had taken, walked thither, to Spuytendevil
Creek, where we encountered Lotty, Brentnall,
Hill and some three or four others, mostly fe-
male.    Lotty shook hands and immediately
began to tax Boweryem about Kinne s comments
on her card (which had been retailed to Hill by
Phillips) doing indignant respectability on the
subject.  Presently she said Kinne had to be
thrashed, to be knocked down   that she d under-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and one
Description:Describes a visit to the Morses and Lotty at Fordham.
Date:1860-08-31
Subject:Boweryem, George; Brentnall; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hill; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Kinne; Mason; Morse; Phillips
Coverage (City/State):[Fordham, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.