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go carefully over each page; hunt in down town libraries, find
an edition,   he buys it, takes scissors in hand, and
tacitly ignores my labour.     Chiefly I have gone through all the
Punch volumes, used up all my own available numbers, hunted
out many more at book-stalls, and made copies in writing (at
the Mercantile,) of all articles not to be got otherwise.        He
says he goes over volumes, from the time of his return up town in
the afternoon, till sunset, and get s half blind.         And also that
in April his mother s maintainance devolves upon him.           The
talk made me gloomyish, as I was unwilling to break off anything
so fairly commenced; and we came to no conclusion upon it. He
had before told me that no money would be forthcoming till two years
subsequent to its publication.              Returned down the chilly Broad-
way, and to bed by 9 1/2.
  19.  Monday.   A little writing only.     Ill in body, unspeakably
wretched and half mad in mind.       Oh God, be pitiful and end
this!   Oh mother, to lay my head on your breast and sob my
half broken heart out!         /      I have been up to the Mercantile
all the afternoon.   Shall I ever forget with what a throbbing brain
and aching, aching eyes, I stood turning over page after page, get-
ting indifferent answers to my applications for more, how the fami-
liar English names in the books made my soul yearn to be in my
own land, where at least, some one loves me?     How I walked
through crowded, cold, sunny Broadway, the gaily-dressed
women there promenading,   and ascended to my lonely room, to
sit looking into the fire and sometimes to burst into paroxsysms of
tears?
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Describes a disagreement with James Parton about the book on comic poetry they are collaborating on.
Date:1855-11-18
Subject:Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Parton, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.