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in the afternoon.  Up town, dining with him subsequently,
on our way looking in at Scheffers exquisite picture.      A
pleasant evening with Parton, discussing book projects and the
world around us, Haney joining us at 8 or so.     These
hours with Parton are the best pleasures I have now.
     I want a letter from Hannah.
  16.  Sunday.  A dampish dull one.  Dining at Goslings
I met Hosmer, the Carson s League editor I saw at the
Catskills in July 1854.   He appeared the same hard-souled
logical, temperate, opinionated unlikeable man as then, and was
full of projects of newspaper &c enterprise.   For an hour or so
we sat conversing on Stewart s steps, then parting, I to
the Fulton Street Office.   The Wauds & Sol there, all with
the partial exception of Alf loafing.   Joining in it, I stayed
till 6, then, supping to my solitary room.  Writing.
  17.  Monday.  Parton up.   Writing,  Pen Scratches.   To
Waverly Place, and Parton in the evening, talking of a book
we are about to compile, for Mason, his publishers  The Comic
poets of England  inclusive of selections from  Punch.  Returning
down Broadway at 11 I met   Whitelaw!    From Waud
I had learnt of his having been in New York, and calling upon
him antecedent to my arrival, but knew not his address.   He
came hither in June, by the St Louis, which I had intended
should have borne me hither, and had so informed him, before the
receipt of Boutcher s letter delayed my departure.   Whitelaw
had intended to have surprised me by appearing at Southampton on
board the same vessel.     He has control over a Broadway estab-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Describes meeting his friend from England Matthew Whitelaw in the street for the first time in New York.
Date:1855-09-15
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mason Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Fulton Street; Waverly Place
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.