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turned as not wanted.       Eheu! is it because not good
enough or because I have done a drawing or so for  Young
Sam  his rival.            Met Moore, ( Times  man and
friend of Welden), took him to the  Ornithorincus.  Wri-
ting till 8.      Looked in at Parton s new quarters
the Waverly House, lower down on Broadway.      To
the Ornithorincus.     Banks, Wurzbach, the Arnolds,
Yewel and others there.     Singing and bacchanilization.
(Bellew off to Boston, after the Jerrold escapade.)    Haney
and Sol Eytinge came for awhile.  De Waldron and
others.      O Brien too, who sang parts of a parody on
the Fra Diavolo our  See on yonder rock reclining    touching
the Ornithorincus.         Stayed till 1  .
  27.  Sunday.   Went in the evening to the Waverly
House, and read Chapters of  Boarding house Physiology 
to Parton and his wife.    He criticized and she praised  
the latter good-natured, the former of value.        Out o doors
the snow fell fast.          I went back to my room lonely, sad
and strange.
  28.  Monday. Writing up notes for compilation book after
a walk.  Ill.
  {29. Tuesday.       Walks. Writing (wearily.)  One evening
  30. Wednesday.       at Partons.  Young Sam .     Ill,
  31. Thuesday.}       tic-dolorean pain in teeth and jaws, con-
tinuous head-aches, and diarrhea.   Most miserable and
lonely.            Only one glimpse of hope.    Fowler told me on
paying the $20 for Paris letters, that they would take other
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred
Description:Mentions visiting James Parton and Fanny Fern and reading to them chapters of his draft of ''The Physiology of New York Boarding Houses.''
Date:1856-01-26
Subject:Arnold, George; Arnold, Jack; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; De Walden; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Fowler; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jerrold, Douglas; Moore (reporter); O'Brien, Fitz James; Ornithorhynchus Club; Parton, James; Strong, Thomas; Welden, Charles; Wurzbach; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Waverly Place
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.