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Page 001Front cover.
Page 002Front fly-leaf.
Page 003Gives the date range of entries for the diary.
Page 004Watercolor and pencil sketch of Gunn by Sol Eytinge.
Page 005Newspaper clippings of cartoon engravings of various New York writers and publishers.
Page 006Newspaper cartoon titled ''How Dr. Dixon Writes His Editorials.''
Page 007 [04-12-1856]Describes reading a letter from Alfred Waud to Mrs. Jewell and her daughters, regarding Mary's elopement with Alf.
Page 008 [04-12-1856]Regarding his falling out with Sol Eytinge.
Page 009 [04-30-1856]Describes an evening spent at the Ornithoryncus Club with Frank Bellew and others.
Page 010 [04-30-1856]Gives news of acquaintances from the past month.
Page 011 [04-30-1856]Mentions the stormy weather and Allie Vernon writing for the ''New York Picayune.''.
Page 012 [04-30-1856]Regarding his mental health.
Page 013 [05-15-1856]Regarding his fear that his book will not be accepted for publication by the Masons because Seymour is their reader. Also mentions meeting Walt Whitman.
Page 014 [05-15-1856]Describes his poor mental health and going to see Dr. Dixon for treatment.
Page 015 [06-30-1856]Describes his visit to Dr. Dixon for treatment of his nervous disorder.
Page 016 [06-30-1856]Mentions that his book has been accepted for publication by the Masons.
Page 017 [06-30-1856]Describes his visit to Fanny Fern and James Parton, where he encounters Walt Whitman and Oliver Dyer.
Page 018 [06-30-1856]Newspaper engraving of Walt Whitman.
Page 019 [06-30-1856]Describes his visit to Fanny Fern and James Parton.
Page 020 [06-30-1856]Mentions letters received from friends and visiting Swinton and Frank Pounden at their homes.
Page 021 [06-30-1856]Mentions writing an article for Dr. Dixon for the ''Scalpel'' about his nervous disorder.
Page 022 [07-03-1856]Describes seeing fireworks for Fourth of July with William Levison at Madison Square.
Page 023 [07-04-1856]Describes his first visit to Fanny Fern and James Parton's new house in Brooklyn.
Page 024 [07-06-1856]Describes a visit to the Greatbatch family in Philadelphia.
Page 025 [07-11-1856]Describes a visit to the Greatbatch family in Philadelphia.
Page 026 [07-11-1856]Describes a visit to the Greatbatch family in Philadelphia.
Page 027 [07-13-1856]Describes a visit to James Parton in Brooklyn during which they discuss their book.
Page 028 [07-17-1856]Describes his discussion with James Parton about how much they should each be paid for their book.
Page 029 [07-17-1856]Describes Louisa Jacobs, daughter of Harriet Jacobs, who is living with Fanny Fern and her family.
Page 030 [07-19-1856]Mentions the departure of Yewell and Howland for Europe, and getting an assignment for the ''New York Times.''
Page 031 [07-25-1856]Describes a meeting with Charles Dana of the ''New York Tribune'' to ask for a job.
Page 032 [07-26-1856]Mentions a visit to the Edwards family, in which they all sat on the roof and sang, and having a beer with Walt Whitman.
Page 033 [07-31-1856]Contrasts Louisa Jacobs and Grace Eldredge.
Page 034 [08-05-1856]Describes meeting Lotty unexpectedly on Broadway.
Page 035 [08-06-1856]Describes talking with Lotty at her boarding house about her new marriage.
Page 036 [08-07-1856]Mentions meeting Mr. Kidder in the street and talking about Lotty.
Page 037 [08-10-1856]Describes a conversation with Kidder about Lotty and her mother.
Page 038 [08-10-1856]Regarding a visit from Grosse, who gives news of William Barth and other acquaintances.
Page 039 [08-13-1856]Describes a visit to Frank Pounden in Brooklyn.
Page 040 [08-17-1856]Mentions that his boarding house is unusually empty of late.
Page 041 [08-19-1856]Describes a visit to Joe Scoville.
Page 042 [08-21-1856]Mentions getting a job from the ''New York Tribune'' to write a letter from the Catskills.
Page 043 [08-22-1856]Regarding Mrs. Jewell showing him a letter written from Alf Waud to her husband about their daughter's elopement with Waud.
Page 044 [08-23-1856]Mentions Will Waud's intent to move to Boston to earn money to return to England.
Page 045 [08-25-1856]Describes his journey up the Hudson to the Catskills.
Page 046 [08-25-1856]Describes his vacation in the Catskills with Jesse Haney and the Edwards girls.
Page 047 [08-26-1856]Describes the Edwards girls during their vacation in the Catskills.
Page 048 [08-26-1856]Describes Falk's tales of B. G. Stone.
Page 049 [08-27-1856]Describes a walk through the Catskills.
Page 050 [08-28-1856]Describes a climb up the South Mountain in the Catskills.
Page 051 [08-28-1856]Describes a visit to the Falls at the Catskills.
Page 052 [08-29-1856]Describes a visit to the Mountain House at the Catskills.
Page 053 [08-29-1856]Regarding the books A. F. Banks is trying to get published.
Page 054 [08-31-1856]Regarding the books A. F. Banks is trying to get published and a talk with engraver John Watson.
Page 055 [08-31-1856]Regarding John Watson's supposed former relationship with Allie Vernon.
Page 056 [08-31-1856]Regarding Frank Leslie's proposal that Gunn go to Kansas to make sketches of the border war.
Page 057 [09-01-1856]Regarding his fascination with Lotty.
Page 058 [09-06-1856]Mentions calling on Jewell, who advises that Alf Waud and his daughter live together openly so that Brainard can get a divorce from her.
Page 059 [09-06-1856]States that he will not be going to Kansas to report on the border war because of the dangerous situation for reporters there.
Page 060 [09-07-1856]Regarding his suspicions that Fanny Fern is trying to get him to fall in love with Louisa Jacobs.
Page 061 [09-09-1856]Describes Professor Martin upon the Martin family quitting his boarding house.
Page 062 [09-09-1856]Describes Professor Martin's son.
Page 063 [09-09-1856]Describes an evening's conversation with Frank Bellew and Walt Whitman, who met for the first time.
Page 064 [09-12-1856]Mentions a visit to the Poundens and Partons in Brooklyn and a walk with Frank Bellew.
Page 065 [09-15-1856]Regarding Allie Vernon and Sol Eytinge's relationship.
Page 066 [09-16-1856]Describes Sol Eytinge's appearance and characteristics.
Page 067 [09-16-1856]Describes Sol Eytinge and his family.
Page 068 [09-16-1856]Mentions his doubts about leaving Hannah Bennett his diaries as records of his life in New York because he believes America to be ''morally rotten.''
Page 069 [09-17-1856]Regarding the conversation in his boarding house after Sol Eytinge ran off with Allie Vernon, Covill's wife.
Page 070 [09-18-1856]Regarding Jesse Haney's story of his acquaintance with Allie Vernon.
Page 071 [09-18-1856]Regarding the beginning of Sol Eytinge's relationship with Allie Vernon.
Page 072 [09-18-1856]Regarding Sol Eytinge's agitation that Coville went to see his mother.
Page 073 [09-19-1856]Describes Mrs. Gouverneur.
Page 074 [09-20-1856]Regarding Coville discovering Allie Vernon at a Brooklyn hotel and taking her back to New York.
Page 075 [09-21-1856]Regarding a talk with John A. Wood about the circumstances of Allie Vernon being discovered in Brooklyn.
Page 076 [09-22-1856]Regarding a visit of Sol's mother to their boarding house, and encountering Emma Brown and walking with her on the street.
Page 077 [09-24-1856]Mentions the arrival of Hayes from England.
Page 078 [09-27-1856]Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's personality.
Page 079 [09-28-1856]Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's children.
Page 080 [09-30-1856]Mentions Fanny Fern's and Charles Welden's comments about Walt Whitman's new book.
Page 081 [10-02-1856]Regarding Banks unsuccessfully attempting to get Parton's help with finding a publisher for his book.
Page 082 [10-03-1856]Mentions an argument with Sol Eytinge and talking with Banks about his book.
Page 083 [10-04-1856]Mentions that Alf Waud and Selina Jewell have gone to the Catskills to join Mary.
Page 084 [10-09-1856]Describes meeting Francis Sexton, Nelly's husband.
Page 085 [10-11-1856]Gives his opinion of A. F. Banks.
Page 086 [10-14-1856]Mentions the return of Alf Waud and Mary to New York.
Page 087 [10-17-1856]Regarding Alf Waud's effort to avoid paying Falk for board in the Catskills.
Page 088 [10-22-1856]Regarding Alf Waud's feelings about his situation with Brainard and Mary.
Page 089 [10-22-1856]Regarding Alf Waud's feelings about his situation with Brainard and Mary.
Page 090 [10-22-1856]Describes Mary, the woman Alf Waud eloped with.
Page 091 [10-22-1856]Describes visiting with Alf Waud and the Jewell family.
Page 092 [10-22-1856]Comments on Alf Waud's relationship with Mary.
Page 093 [10-22-1856]Regarding Alf Waud's tale of his brother Will's involvement with Allie Vernon.
Page 094 [10-24-1856]Describes Frank Bellew's tale of how he ''thrashed'' A. F. Banks.
Page 095 [10-26-1856]Describes delivering a note of apology from Frank Bellew to A. F. Banks.
Page 096 [10-26-1856]Describes receiving a letter from his mother about his father's illness.
Page 097 [10-27-1856]Describes letters from Hannah Bennett and William Boutcher with news from England.
Page 098 [10-31-1856]Describes the office he shares with Frank Bellew, and a letter from William Boutcher.
Page 099 [10-31-1856]Regarding Falk's rage at Alf Waud's debt to him.
Page 100 [10-31-1856]Mentions that Mrs. Gouverneur and the Pattens have returned to his boarding house.
Page 101 [10-31-1856]Describes Mrs. Gouverneur.
Page 102 [11-02-1856]Comments briefly on the 1856 Presidential Election, and his hopes that Fremont will be elected.
Page 103 [11-07-1856]Mentions Frank Bellew's new house on 27th Street, and talking with Kelly about Kelly's love affair.
Page 104 [11-15-1856]Regarding a talk with Kelly about a girl Kelly loves in Jersey City.
Page 105 [11-18-1856]Regarding a letter Falk sent to Jewell about Alf Waud.
Page 106 [11-24-1856]Describes a letter from his brother Sam in England.
Page 107 [11-26-1856]Describes a letter from his brother Sam in England.
Page 108 [11-28-1856]Regarding the new paper ''European'' started by Russell and Colonel Forbes.
Page 109 [11-29-1856]Describes having dinner with Bellew and his family.
Page 110 [12-01-1856]Gives his opinion of the ''European.''
Page 111 [12-02-1856]Regarding seeing Lotty on stage at Laura Keene's theater.
Page 112 [12-03-1856]Regarding Russell and the ''European.''
Page 113 [12-04-1856]Describes Colonel Hugh Forbes.
Page 114 [12-07-1856]Regarding a story told by Jesse Haney about a beggar he and Sol Eytinge encountered on the street.
Page 115 [12-07-1856]Contrasts Mary Bilton with Hannah Bennett.
Page 116 [12-08-1856]Regarding an offer of marriage Hannah Bennett received from a farmer enlisted in the army.
Page 117 [12-08-1856]Regarding the engagement of Hannah Bennett's sister Charlotte to Mr. Gazey.
Page 118 [12-08-1856]Regarding a dream Hannah Bennett had in which she could not find Gunn at their wedding.
Page 119 [12-08-1856]Mentions attending a lecture by Oscanyan and visiting the Jewells.
Page 120 [12-14-1856]Regarding the state of affairs at the ''European.''
Page 121 [12-20-1856]Comments on the ''European.''
Page 122 [12-22-1856]Mentions a ''New York Times'' article criticizing the ''European'' and suspecting that the British Foreign Office is behind it.
Page 123 [12-23-1856]Newspaper clipping from the ''New York Times'' titled ''Have we a Bourbon Among us?'' criticizing the ''European.''
Page 124 [12-26-1856]Regarding Jewell's desire to get a divorce from his wife so he can marry his housekeeper.
Page 125 [12-27-1856]Mentions his belief that he was meant to be a ''green fellow'' and easily believes in others.
Page 126 [12-27-1856]Mentions receiving a letter from Mr. Greatbatch about his family's farm in Illinois.
Page 127 [12-31-1856]Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Page 128 [12-31-1856]Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Page 129 [12-31-1856]Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Page 130 [12-31-1856]Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Page 131 [12-31-1856]Comments on Charles Lamb and gives his thoughts on New Year's Eve, 1856.
Page 132 [12-31-1856]Gives his thoughts on New Year's Eve, 1856.
Page 133 [01-01-1857]Mentions a call on the Partons in Brooklyn and a letter from Alf Waud about the progress of engravings for Gunn's book.
Page 134 [01-03-1857]Mentions visiting the Appleton's in order to request payment for Andrew.
Page 135 [01-06-1857]Mentions that William Levison's daughter has scarlet fever.
Page 136 [01-12-1857]Describes letters from William Boutcher and Dillon Mapother.
Page 137 [01-13-1857]Describes a letter from William Boutcher.
Page 138 [01-13-1857]Describes encountering an Irish beggar on the street with Haney.
Page 139 [01-16-1857]Describes the winter scene in New York and receiving an angry letter at the ''European.''
Page 140 [01-20-1857]Regarding Thomas Paterson, who works with him on the ''European.''
Page 141 [01-27-1857]Regarding Thomas Paterson, who works with him on the ''European.''
Page 142 [01-27-1857]Regarding Thomas Paterson's history with ''Ned Buntline'' and Ellen Levison's sickness.
Page 143 [01-27-1857]Mentions Sol Eytinge's desire to leave the boarding house and Rawson Gill's return from Nicaragua.
Page 144 [01-28-1857]Regarding the death of Ellen Levison.
Page 145 [01-30-1857]Regarding the death of Ellen Levison.
Page 146 [01-31-1857]Describes Ellen Levison's funeral in his boarding house.
Page 147 [02-01-1857]Describes Ellen Levison's funeral in his boarding house.
Page 148 [02-01-1857]Describes Ellen Levison's funeral.
Page 149 [02-07-1857]Describes visiting the scene of the Burdell murder to do a sketch of Mrs. Cunningham for the ''Courier.''
Page 150 [02-07-1857]Describes visiting the scene of the Burdell murder to do a sketch of Mrs. Cunningham for the ''Courier.''
Page 151 [02-07-1857]Describes visiting the scene of the Burdell murder to do a sketch of Mrs. Cunningham for the ''Courier.''
Page 152 [02-09-1857]Regarding William Levison's worsening illness, and Walt Whitman's failure to pay back a loan from James Parton.
Page 153 [02-15-1857]Regarding William Levison's worsening illness.
Page 154 [02-20-1857]Regarding the death of William Levison three weeks after the death of his daughter, Ellen.
Page 155 [02-20-1857]Regarding the life and death of William Levison.
Page 156Newspaper clipping regarding the life and death of William Levison.
Page 157 [02-20-1857]Regarding German sculptor Muller coming to take a cast of William Levison's face.
Page 158 [02-21-1857]Regarding German sculptor Muller coming to take a cast of William Levison's face.
Page 159 [02-22-1857]Describes William Levison's funeral in his boarding house.
Page 160 [02-22-1857]Describes William Levison's death scene, as heard from Mrs. Potter.
Page 161 [02-22-1857]Regarding the reactions of Jesse Haney and Mrs. Levison to William Levison's death.
Page 162 [02-22-1857]Regarding his thoughts on the hypocritical behavior of people after William Levison's death.
Page 163 [02-23-1857]Regarding Mrs. and Miss Brooks, new boarders at his boarding house.
Page 164 [02-28-1857]Regarding the aftermath of William Levison's death in his boarding house.
Page 165 [03-02-1857]Describes a letter from William Boutcher.
Page 166 [03-07-1857]Mentions his respect for Frank Bellew and that Jesse Haney and Mort Thomson are planning to purchase the ''New York Picayune'' from Mrs. Levison.
Page 167 [03-08-1857]Mentions the friendship among Sol Eytinge, Frank Cahill, and Jesse Haney.
Page 168 [03-10-1857]Gives his thoughts on Oliver Dyer.
Page 169 [03-18-1857]Mentions meeting Richardson and Mason, and Mrs. Levison's condition after the death of her husband.
Page 170 [03-26-1857]Mentions meeting Robert Bligh and his wife at Frank Pounden's house.
Page 171 [03-31-1857]Regarding Miss Church's upcoming marriage to Andreotti.
Page 172 [03-31-1857]Regarding the women living in his boarding house.
Page 173 [03-31-1857]Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's cheapness.
Page 174 [04-30-1857]Regarding the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Page 175 [04-30-1857]Regarding the relationship between Nina Brooks and William Leslie and the gossip in the boarding house about them.
Page 176 [04-30-1857]Regarding an argument between William Leslie and Mrs. Gouverneur about his behavior with Nina Brooks.
Page 177 [04-30-1857]Regarding the movement of people within and out of his boarding house.
Page 178 [04-30-1857]Mentions that William Levison's sister sent a bill to Mrs. Levison after his death for helping to care for him.
Page 179 [05-10-1857]Mentions that his book will be published by the Masons in June.
Page 180 [05-15-1857]Regarding his feelings about publishers, the Masons in particular.
Page 181 [05-31-1857]Regarding his feelings about publishers, the Masons in particular.
Page 182 [05-31-1857]Regarding Mrs. Levison's options for selling the ''New York Picayune.''
Page 183 [05-31-1857]Mentions that Sol Eytinge is living with Allie Vernon in Brooklyn.
Page 184 [05-31-1857]Mentions that Richard Bolton is in Canada, and George Bolton and the Conworths intend to follow him there.
Page 185 [06-01-1857]Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's penny pinching.
Page 186 [06-02-1857]Mentions that Mrs. Levison has sold the ''New York Picayune'' to Charles Gayler for an income.
Page 187 [06-05-1857]Mentions that Mrs. Levison has sold the ''New York Picayune'' to Mort Thomson and Wilbur.
Page 188 [06-13-1857]Regarding Foster's argument with William Leslie over his not writing to Nina Brooks.
Page 189 [06-13-1857]Describes William Leslie, who lives in his boarding house.
Page 190 [06-13-1857]Describes William Leslie, who lives in his boarding house.
Page 191 [06-13-1857]Describes William Leslie, who lives in his boarding house.
Page 192 [06-13-1857]Mentions Mayor of New York Fernando Wood's clashes with police.
Page 193 [06-17-1857]Regarding an argument with one of the publishers of his book, Dan Mason, over the cover and the title of ''Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Page 194 [06-17-1857]Describes meeting William Walker, ''filibuster'' of Nicaragua.
Page 195 [06-17-1857]Regarding the advertising and reviews promised by his friends for his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Page 196 [06-26-1857]Describes a visit from Hart and Dillon Mapother.
Page 197 [06-28-1857]Describes going to see a play at Laura Keene's theater with Hart and Dillon Mapother.
Page 198 [07-03-1857]Describes his journey by boat to Hudson and then Athens to visit Foster and his parents.
Page 199 [07-03-1857]Describes a visit to the Brooks family in Hudson.
Page 200 [07-04-1857]Describes a visit to Ten Broeck and his family.
Page 201 [07-05-1857]Describes a ride into the country with Ten Broeck and others.
Page 202 [07-06-1857]Describes visit to the Brooks family and the Fosters in Hudson and Athens.
Page 203 [07-07-1857]Describes a visit to the Brooks family in Hudson.
Page 204 [07-09-1857]Describes a walk through the Hudson countryside with Isabel Jacot and Nina Brooks.
Page 205 [07-10-1857]Describes his return to New York from Hudson.
Page 206 [07-12-1857]Regarding the success of his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Page 207 [07-17-1857]Describes a letter written from Nina Brooks to William Leslie, asking him why he has not visited her in Hudson.
Page 208 [07-17-1857]Regarding the end of the courtship between Nina Brooks and William Leslie.
Page 209 [07-19-1857]Mentions his wish that he and Hannah Bennett could be married soon.
Page 210 [07-22-1857]Regarding the failed marriage of Mrs. Church and Andreotti.
Page 211 [07-31-1857]Regarding the failed marriage of Mrs. Church and Andreotti.
Page 212 [07-31-1857]Mentions that Jesse Haney is now editing the ''New York Picayune'' because Mort Thomson has resigned.
Page 213 [08-08-1857]Mentions that Fanny Fern's favorable review of his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses,'' was not put into the ''New York Ledger'' because of a comment Oliver Dyer made to the publisher Robert Bonner.
Page 214 [08-09-1857]Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Page 215 [08-10-1857]Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Page 216 [08-21-1857]Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Page 217 [08-21-1857]Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Page 218 [08-21-1857]Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Page 219 [08-22-1857]Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Page 220 [08-22-1857]Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Page 221 [08-23-1857]Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Page 222 [08-24-1857]Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Page 223 [08-24-1857]Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Page 224 [08-26-1857]Mentions having dinner with Fanny Fern and her daughters, and getting paid by Frank Leslie for his story and drawings on Newport, Rhode Island.
Page 225 [09-08-1857]Mentions a visit to the Partons in Brooklyn and a story about A. F. Banks told by John A. Wood.
Page 226 [09-08-1857]Mentions the imminent return of Mrs. Brooks and Nina to his boarding house, and William Leslie's alarm because of it.
Page 227 [09-14-1857]Describes a talk with A. F. Banks and Frank Cahill.
Page 228 [09-16-1857]Describes a talk with A. F. Banks and Frank Cahill.
Page 229 [09-18-1857]Mentions going to the theater with Jesse Haney and a visit to the Partons.
Page 230 [09-23-1857]Regarding Frank Cahill wanting to break off relations with Sol Eytinge and the Vernon sisters.
Page 231 [09-23-1857]Mentions a visit to Hoboken with Jesse Haney, and going to German places of entertainment in the Bowery with Fitz James O'Brien.
Page 232 [09-27-1857]Describes going to several German places of entertainment in the Bowery.
Page 233 [09-27-1857]Describes going to several German places of entertainment in the Bowery.
Page 234 [09-30-1857]Regarding the death of his brother-in-law Joseph Greatbatch.
Page 235 [09-30-1857]Regarding the death of his brother-in-law Joseph Greatbatch.
Page 236 [09-30-1857]Regarding the death of his brother-in-law Joseph Greatbatch.
Page 237Newspaper clipping regarding John Levison illegally making copies of and selling work by artist William J. Hays.
Page 238Back fly-leaf.
Page 239Back cover.