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lager together, talking first on the lecture, and then of  Fanny
Fern.  (I had seen her in his company, on the first night
of the lecture, when, she appeared to me, an anxious look-
ing, woman.)     He told me she had expressed
a wish to be introduced to me, having noticed me in his com-
pany.      I talked as I think about that bad-hearted book
 Ruth Hall,  and he spake of the Willis blood as being bad,
but of her, with a leniency springing from personal intimacy.
  9. Friday.  Writing to my mother and sisters all day
long.  Down town to dine.   Saw Sol Eyting in at Wurzbach s
in the morning.
  10. Saturday.  Writing close all day, save during the
time I went down town in the afternoon, to Post Office, looking
in at the Picayune Office, and seeing Haney on my return. (Levi-
son came in too.)         Found the Frenchman Baudouin in
Wurzbach s office on getting back, and he afterwards came
in mine. Looks somewhat sleeker in face than in Canal
Street days, and has just arrived here after eighteen months
sojourn in France.         Writing till 12.
  11.  Sunday.  By 1 1/2 to Whitelaws, and after an hour
or so persuaded him and his wife to go for a walk, Hoboken-
izing.  The day, (like the two preceeding it,) a lovely one, sunny
autumnal, mild and regretful.         We kept along the
river s side to the Elysian Fields, which were strewn  thick
as Vallambrosa  with the dead brown leaves.      Returning at
dusk, which occurs at 5, now, had a meal at Spring Street,
I quitting them at 8.       To Bleecker.  Haney and W Waud
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-seven
Description:Regarding his thoughts on Fanny Fern and her book ''Ruth Hall.''
Subject:Baudoin; Books and reading; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Parton, James; Waud, William; Whitelaw, Matthew; Whitelaw, Matthew, Mrs.; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Canal Street; Spring 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.