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They are glad I came home to see him    
  Drawing, or trying to do so, with Abbott up once or twice.
Down town once.   To Bleecker Street, with Sol and W
Waud in the evening, and despite mud, mist, rain and sore
throat, out again and walked to the region east of the Bow
ery, there to get an order for $9 (paid me by Abbott) cashed.
Succeeding, to my desolate Duane Street den, to carry away
necessaries, and then, leaving the clock ticking on in its wanted
monotony, and the dull red walls of Stewart s staring forbidding
into the litte room where I have sat so many weary evenings,
  by omnibus to Bleecker Street.           /    Three days ago,
I thought of boarding with Wurzbach, on his laudation
of the place; and accompanied him to supper, to look at it.
Twas one of the houses occupied by Holt, where I boarded
five years ago.    I went up the familiar stairs, saw the
room I had occupied,   where Joe, Hart, Dillon and so many
others had lived, and the place seemed ghostly with memory.
Scarcely anything would bribe me to go there,   t would be getting
back again to the struggles and discomforting thoughts of time
past.      /
  16. Sunday.   A dull rainy one.  In the basement,
with Sol, W. W. and Haney.    Drawing on wood, painfully.
Levison wanders in and out, in a rusty colored dressing gown,
being much be-rated, reviled and insulted in a three parts earnest,
one part jocular manner.            I ill again, after the old nervous,
head aching, tremulous, despondent fashion in the afternoon, but mana-
ged to resist the hysteric crisis.               Parton came in the evening.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Describes a visit to his old boarding house run by Holt.
Date:1855-12-15
Subject:Abbott; Boardinghouses; Eytinge, Solomon; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hart; Holt; Levison, William; Mapother, Dillon; Parton, James; Waud, William; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Duane Street
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.