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Brady s laughed at the hideous blasphemy.             Let him go,
I can be as well alone.     In Boston he purports to assume
the title of  Mr Washington Hill. 
 19. Friday.  I turned out early, and went to rail dep t,
with the intention of seeing Waud off, but faithful to his con-
stitutional procrastination he didn t appear. (I afterwards learnt
he went this day s afternoon.)       A sunny, pleasant, day, but I
still sick in mind and body, strolled about, went to Canal
Street, got hair cut, paid boot mender, and the like; then
by invitation from Parton, given yester-evening to Waverly Place.
After lunch, at work on our compilation for an hour or twain
in Parton s room, then to it, at the Mercantile; where
at 6 he, (having during the interval been at his editorial labours
down town;) found me, and kindly invited me back to dine
with him.   The evening was, atmospherically gloomy, and
the change from my expected damp and solitary walk down
Broadway to my sad little room, with the fire out, to the
boarding-house table, and subsequently Parton s room, a plea-
sant one.     We had much talk together, I half telling
him of my present morbid state, he relieving me considerably;
and in return confidence speaking of something which forms the
key note of his present phase of existence.         Haney came at 9,
and the three of us went out together for drinks at a Broadway
saloon.
  20. Saturday.  Not a relapse into wretchedness, but suf
fering extremely from its past violence, and low spirited.    Tried
writing, but did little, till night, when desirous of complying with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Describes an evening spent with James Parton.
Date:1855-10-18
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal 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.