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Parton s strongly urged with that I should supply an Editorial
for the new volume s initial number, set to and did it,
ending by 1 o clock, and feeling (of course,) much the better for
it.    Stirred out, only for meals, and to the Post Office.
  21. Sunday.  To Parton s all day, working but some
little part of it.     He head-achy and generally indisposed, I much
the same, but better in mind.     Haney came in the evening, on
his way to the Edwards .     I looked in at the basement in Blee-
cker Street, there finding Sol, W. Waud and Levison, the lat-
ter however soon clearing out.
  22. Monday.   To many stores, up & down town, hunting up
Punch numbers necessary for our compilation.   This all the mor-
ning, and to the Mercantile copying, all the afternoon.
Our work progresses rapidly.      To Whitelaws by 6 1/2, and
had tea with him, staying part of the evening.
  23. Tuesday.  Purchasing incidentals to fires, and tea
concocting, as I m going to try to effect that meal in doors.
Down town, up town, left books at Whitelaw s for Mrs W,
to Nagle s book store, then to Mercantile.   Parton looked in.
Evening contrived a plentiful tea, and wrote till midnight subse-
  24. Wednesday.  In doors writing all day, only turning
out for a meal at 6, breakfasting &c in doors.  Haney
looked in at 1, bringing a note to me, from Alf Waud.
He writes in friendly fashion, tells how it chanced that he got not
off on Thursday morn, and also of a luckless recontre of himself
and  Marie  with the boarding house folks from whose house, she
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Describes working on the book of comic poetry he is putting together with James Parton.
Subject:Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Levison, William; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Whitelaw, Matthew; Whitelaw, Matthew, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.