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having abandoned his share of the attic, I have it all now,
and a small stove.            Tis spacious enough, half the roof
sloping, and looks west and south over the city, and by
nights the wind is grue-some to hear.           Have had divers
journeys to make to Preterre the Bowery dentist, to get
teeth stopped, and experience an intense tic-doloreux like
pain in them and jaws.       Greatbatch writes, and I an-
swer, forwarding him letters and papers.  Visited Parton
and his wife on evening when in low spirits. They were
very kind to me.  Called on Bellew one evening at his cham
ber in Broadway, opposite the Saint Nicholas Hotel. Had
another letter from Alf Waud and from Barth (who
has been sick.)    Wrote to Hannah.     Visited the  Orni-
thorincus Paradoxus  as they ve christened widow New-
man s Spring Street establishment, and on Saturday
night there was quite a jovial party assembled there.  I
brought Arnold and Yewel, who had paid me a visit.
Banks, Bellew, De Waldron, Abbott and some half
dozen others present, and did not break up till 1.  Wed-
nesday and Thursday were my wretched days, on the 
subsequent ones I took Hoboken and up-avenue walks
of some six or eight miles each morning.        Sol has
returned to Brown the lithographer, and save  in the 
evening, the basement is deserted.
  20.  Sunday.  Writing for compilation book.   To 
Parton s and had an agreable evening with him and wife.
  21. Monday.  Hoboken walk.   Drawing and writing
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Describes spending an evening with the Ornithoryncus Club.
Subject:Abbott; Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Brown (lithographer); Dentists; De Walden; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Newman, Mrs.; Parton, James; Preterre; Waud, Alfred; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Spring Street
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.