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a pain in forehead, till 11, (which is even now sounding.)
This same strange, unhealthy state of mind and body I am now
in, appears to have enlarged my power of thought to a singu-
lar degree, especially with regard to my own life, and wherein
it differs from that of others.     I could put down strange mat-
ter now   
  16. Friday.  Writing.  To Whitelaws in the evening, and
then on to Bleecker Street for an hour.
  17.  Saturday.  Down town in the afternoon, and looked
into Strong s, having heard of his intention to start a new weekly
comic paper.  Got prospectus.    At the Picayune Office subsequently
conversing with Haney; and Levison entering intimated his desire
that I should  do them one drawing  each week.       Writing to
Dillon Mapother in the evening, and till 12 1/2.
  18.  Sunday.   Sunny and icily cold. (The days for the
latter part of the week have been singularly mild and lovely ones.)
Dined at Goslings, and then to Partons, by 2 1/2.     With him
on Washington Square, Haney meeting us.     The latter to Ed-
wards; I supping with Parton, and then ascending to his room.
And presently he spake repentingly that he had engaged in
our joint enterprise, the  Comic Poetry  book, intimating that one
could do it as well as two, and that he thought it desirable
that one should by buy out the others labour, to complete what 
remains to be done singly.     He took the ground that he had
done more than I.   In some sense rightly, his expenditure of
money allowing him to purchase books and apply scissors at once.
As instance.   I got  Peter Pindar  s four volumes from the Library,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Describes a discussion with James Parton about the book on comic poetry they are collaborating on.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Mapother, Dillon; New York picayune.; Parton, James; Poetry; Publishers and publishing; Strong, Thomas; Whitelaw, Matthew; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Washington Square
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.