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		          January, 1856.
  1.  Tuesday.  Through the deep snow and pleasant
sunshine (which at once form cradle and benediction to the
new-born year,) to Partons, there to give him greeting and
a M S for our book.  A cigar together and walk round
Washington Square.  Returned to Bleecker, and had an
unsatisfactory day.   Levison had carried  Shorts  (as Sol
as nicknamed the minor Waud) off with him to make New
Year s calls, Haney had gone (after 12) to the Edwards 
and only Sol and I remained.    Dinner was delayed till
6, Mrs Potter (our boarding house mistress) and others sit-
ting in state receiving visitors.     Levisons  inane, ungrammatical,
slanderous, fashion aping, vulgar minded wife doing the like
in her room, with her precocious, unabashed, everyway obnoxious
child abetting, and sharp eyed with respect to presents from
visitors.         Sol a little  blas , or to use his phrase  knocked. 
I reflective on Chacombe and home.      To Edward s in
the evening.  Parton not there.  Had gambols, but slavish
time of it altogether.
  2. Wednesday.   Shorts  off for Norwich Connecticut.
Haney takes his bed, wherefore I have n the attic to myself.
  {3. Thursday.       Down to the old den once or twice for
  4.  Friday.}       things there left.     Writing the Phisiolo-
gy of Boarding Houses. Pretty closely at work.    Letters
from Greatbatch at Philadelphia.   Very cold weather.  Sol
drawing some little, loafing infinitely more.    Wood in frequently.
He is a whiskered, clean shaven, educated Englishman, who teaches
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Describes how he spent his New Year's Day in 1856.
Date:1856-01-01
Subject:Edwards, George; Eytinge, Solomon; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New Year; Parton, James; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, William; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Washington Square
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.