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and with the M.S taking it for publication to Mason, Stringer
and Townsend, or others.    I know  twill pay.    Only introductory
Chapter, as in the Lantern, done, at present.
  Writing Story of melodrama interest,   title  My Friend who was
Hanged.    One Chapter written, and the whole plot elaborated.
  Getting out a  Catskill Guide Book  in company with Waud.
Necessity of a visit there, a weeks close writing, and Waud having
fixedness of purpose in doing drawings, and money to go thither.  Nothing
else will prevent it.    I think that well.
  Lastly, my own long the night of and matured Story, in which
will put all I know, or the best of it.   I have now a title for
it     The Old Love and the New.     Three Chapters done, and the
whole plot and plan completed full a year ago.       All the other pro-
jects but one means to get $ to carry out this.   Let me get $500
or so, and I ll persistently keep to my book till tis done.
  I m economizing now.  Fifty cents a day keeps me in food.  I m
all alone, and think much of my mother and Hannah.    I m
very lonely, now.     This might, a year agone, and I was sleep-
ing for the first time (of my return,) beneath the Chacombe roof.
A contrast now!  Near midnight, rain outside, a wearied brain
and a couch on the floor.    Well! God give me a home, someday!
  19.  Wednesday.  Writing closely till sunset, Banks up, and
in the middle of the day Waud.  With him to Fulton Market,
there to dine on a shillings worth of roast oysters.  A walk to the Bat-
tery subsequently.     Haney up at 6.   In the evening visited White-
law and his wife at 204 Spring Street, and an hour later Haneys.
Sat with him awhile, called unsuccessfully at Partons, then after a sober
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and forty-nine
Description:Describes a few writing projects he is planning.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Waud, Alfred; Whitelaw, Matthew; Whitelaw, Matthew, Mrs.; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):204 Spring Street; Fulton Market
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.