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Parton and  Fanny Fern    (who has just produced another
of her bad-hearted books) by the way.          With Edward
Greatbatch to the gallery of the Lyceum at night, and made
him up a bed subsequently.
  7.  Friday.  Mercantile, and drawing little military figures,
for Colonel Forbes.  Mr Greatbatch, Mary Anne and Fred
in and out all day, with purchasings.    Banks up, with
an invitation to sup with him and Maungwoodows an Ojibway
chief, one of a company (with whom Bank s travelled in Pen-
nsylvania.)    He, the Chief, was educated, for an Indian,
had travelled in Europe with Catlin, and was not very ill-
looking. He was tall, and of good figure, seemed good-humo-
red, and Epicureanly disposed   on which grounds Banks
and he could sympathize.      The Indian had too, two large
silver medals, with medallions of the two recent Presidents on
them.  (A gold one, presented by Louis Philippe he had pawn-
ed.)             Fred Greatbatch my companion to-night, having
with his father, visited Burton s.
  8. Saturday.  Ill. a violent diarrhea.  Much bustle in
my room, rolls of carpet, looking glasses and live rabbits.
Mary Anne, Mr G and Fred in and out. Colonel Forbes
up, I queer, and being doctored with brandy by Mary Anne.
And at 2 or so, quite a scene, Mr G coming from a confe-
rence with Alcock, Halker (Alcock s lawyer and brother-in-law)
with word that the settlement of affairs has been broken off abruptly.
Thus the matter stands.   On the burning down of the house,
Alcock put up a much superior one, the determination being carried
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and eighty
Description:Describes a visit from the Greatbatch family.
Date:1855-12-06
Subject:Alcock; Banks, A.F.; Catlin, George; Fern, Fanny; Forbes, Hugh; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hulker; Maungwoodows; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.