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with the latter, then the Post Office, anon to Waud s.  Found the
brothers twain, Sol, and another, (Arnold whom I had met in
Nassau St accompanied me.)     There the greater part of the afternoon,
anon to the Pic office, and to my own.     Alf came, and stayed
an hour telling me more of his affair, and his plans for the future,
involving change of name and personal disguise.      To Haneys &
with him to Parton s, where we stayed till 11.   I like this Par-
ton. 
  19. Sunday. Doing chores till 1. Banks rushed up tempo-
rarily, wishing me  to go over to Hoboken to see the gypsies.    /   Dined
and up-town to Haney s & Levison s boarding house.     Alternately
in their rooms, Mrs Levison being present, with her daughter.  Ha-
ney accompanyed me to Partons, he not being within, we parted at
Canal Street, and I to my room, and writing.
  20. Monday.  Drawing; within doors all day.  Banks,
Fogg, and Parton called, the latter in the afternoon, when I
had an hours talk with him.  We spake of books, authorcraft,
ourselves, our business in this life, of Chapin, and much of Christ-
ianity.   He is a thin, gentlemanly, earnest looking young man, of
no small intellect, and worth, I believe.                    Will Waud
up in the evening, anon Alf and Damoreau.   The last na-
med having forsworn smoking, (thereto induced by his wife, (who
detests the herb Nicotina,) under cover of a fear that indulgence
in it will induce consumption,   (Selfishness masking itself with
the guise of affection;)   here broke his pledge with my tchibouque.
Alf dozed in the hammock, and we three talked.   Anon, at
11 for a Broadway glass of lager.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes meeting James Parton for the first time.
Date:1855-08-18
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Eytinge, Solomon; Fogg; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Nassau Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; 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.