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  29.  Monday.  Drawing during the day, and writing
to Hannah during the evening.
  30.  Tuesday.  Drawing.  Met Parton in the afternoon,
he having returned from a two-days country trip.     Hillard came
up, and presently Whitelaw.  Out with the latter, he speaking
of an architect s office, where I could sell a book I owned,  Jack-
son s  specimens.   To the place, then, parting with Whitelaw,
he getting in omnibus to go home, (for he has a wife,)  I to pace
through the park where the sharp wind swept the dead leaves along
viciously, to my room.    Finished letter to Hannah.
  These entries make my heart ache.   How like old hopes  ?
Still hoping on!   Oh God, end this weary time, and let me win
that one, true, good, loving Northamptonshire girl.     I am now
all but insane.
  31.  Wednesday.  To Post Office, meeting Whitelaw.  To
Architect s office, and got $17 for the block.  To Strong s with
drawings, and then up-town to the Mercantile for books &c Re-
turning found Parton had been, leaving number of  Life Illustrated 
with my first parisian letter in it.       Going over volumes of Swift;
and reading Boutcher s for emendation.             I m physically ill,
having frightful neurologic pains about the forehead & back parts of
the head.
  1.  Thursday.  Going through Boutcher s lecture, and wri-
ting to him all day.   Whitelaw and Parton up for a short
time.     In the evening to Chapin s church, there to hear Thacke-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-two
Description:Mentions that a letter of his about Paris has been published in ''Life Illustrated.''
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Parton, James; Strong, Thomas; Thackeray, William Makepeace; Whitelaw, Matthew; Whitelaw, Matthew, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.