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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 151, February 3-9, 1857

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Identifier: DX03734295

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 151, February 3-9, 1857

Description: Describes visiting the scene of the Burdell murder to do a sketch of Mrs. Cunningham for the Sunday Courier.


and good-looking — rising and going towards their mother [Emma Augusta Cunningham], who came forwards. The woman is about forty-five, had dark hair and eyes, a face inclining to oval, no-wise prominent or peculiar features but a most marked and appalling expression of countenance. It is at once worldly and remorseless. Her mouth, too, is very characteristic, the lips being thin and set. She stared fixedly for a moment or so, and then we retired. I shall hardly forget the countenance of Mrs Cunningham. Frank Leslie was down stairs with [Matthew] Brady; and others whom I knew. Made my drawing that evening. The Jewells knew [Harvey] Burdell — the murdered man — employing him professionally, and Mrs [Celina Jewell] had even projected visiting him on the day subsequent to the murder with the view of [word crossed out] hiring the house. Of course Selina [Jewell] and her mother were full of the murder — as all New York is. I never knew any sensation (of the kind) to compare with it, in universality. Met Lotty [Kidder] walking with a female companion in Bleecker Street one day this week. She asked my address saying she wanted to call. I gave it knowing she wouldn’t.

8. Sunday. Called at [Frank] Bellew’s in the morning. In doors the rest of the day.

9. Monday. Down town. Met [Frederick] Edge. To “Courier” & “European” Offices &c. Called at Jewell’s

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-02-07

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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