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eloped.     It is fortunate for them that the departure was so
imminent.     Parton up for a brief space in the afternoon.
Writing till 1.
  25. Thursday.  Drew during the morning.  Parton came
in the evening, and also Kelly, Dillon Mapother s acquaintance.
  26. Friday.  Writing, and searching book-stores, anent com-
pilation.   Meeting an engraver, Baker, (brother to him whom I knew
on my first arrival in New York,)   now in Leslie s employ,   in at
Wurzbach s, I in the afternoon, had him bring a note inviting
me to Leslie s up-town residene, the to join certain artists &c
who proposes to abet him in his new illustrated paper.     Banks
and W Waud up, and Banks again in the evening,   (came for
something, of course.)     Wrote on till 2 i  the morning.
  27. Saturday.  Love and friendship came knocking clamorously
at the door, ere I had arisen, in the shape of a dampish postman,
who brought letters from Hannah, and Boutcher. Hers as kind
and good, and true, as was ever penned by woman. God make me
worthy of her!     His, containing 36 closely written pages, compri-
sing his entire Asiatic experience, in lecture form, for my review-
ing.     Down town during part of the day, feeling most desolately
alone, and thinking incessantly of the past, of home, my mother,
of Chacombe.     At night took the 6th Avenue Cars, and up
to 28th street, where resides Leslie.  It is an unfinished,
remote neighbourhood.  Mc Lenan, Wallin, Hitchcock, Brady
(the photographer,) Baker, and Watson (musical man,) were
there assembled, with others, Leslie acting the host in his usual
feline manner.    They laughed or sat for two hours or so, about
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Describes attending a meeting at Frank Leslie's house to discuss his new illustrated paper with other artists.
Date:1855-10-24
Subject:Baker (engraver); Banks, A.F.; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Brady, Matthew; Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hitchcock; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Kelly; Leslie, Frank; Mapother, Dillon; McLenan, John; Parton, James; Wallin; Watson; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):6th Avenue; 28th 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.