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     More of Rawlings.   Back to New York.
irritable and exhaustive; his father polite
gravely saponaceous and respectable; Mrs R.
senior nothing particular; Mrs R. junior
half the day busy about her household labors,
the rest of it pretty and goodnatured, but more
or less swallowed up by her overpowering hus-
band, against whom it was necessary to keep
up a passive laisser allez resistance.    The
man had the atrocious taste to talk dissection
and dead bodies over the dinner table.    As to
the politico-moral atmosphere here s a sample.
The boy Fred once piped out,  Father why should
there be any niggers?   Why don t they kill  em all? 
which went with no rebuke.       We had more
talk of the war to-day than yesterday diversi-
fied by my reading  Orpheus C. Kerr  and  Les
Miserables.    If Rawlings had been less ram-
pant, less jerky-minded, less demonstrative
altogether, I might have tried to enjoy myself.
But he wouldn t let one alone; he even accom-
panied one to the water-closet!
  28.  Tuesday.   To New York by 3 1/2 P.M.
Met Bellew.  Up in the Tribune Office.  Saw Gay,
House, England and Wilkeson, the latter edito-
realizing.   Up town.  Scribbling.
  29.  Wednesday.   Scoring up the last twelve
pages.      By the semi-obscene jokes and cackle
at the boarding-house table I learn that Miss
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-nine
Description:Describes his visit to the Rawlings family.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Books and reading; Civil War; Elmendorf, Unadilla (Rawlings); England; Gay, Sidney H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; House; New York tribune.; Rawlings; Rawlings, Augustus; Rawlings, Fred; Rawlings, Mrs.; Wilkeson, Samuel
Coverage (City/State):[Tivoli, New York]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.