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contributions.   I struck across Broadway into a quiet street
and thanked God for it with all my heart.
			   February.
  {1. Friday.       A Hoboken walk in the deep snow.
  2. Saturday.}       Down town about Greatbatch s papers.
Writing, but slowly and painfully.   Ill in body and mind.
Met the kindly Englishman Webb, Welden s acquaintance
once.   To Montgomery s one evening.   To the Ornithorincus
on Saturday night.     Gaylor, O Brien, the Arnolds, Yewel
and others there.    To Edwards  one evening.
  3. Sunday.  In doors writing till night.    Called at
the Waverly, saw Parton, his wife indisposed and did
not appear.         When I first entered the room  Fanny s 
two children were there, and the younger with an  How do you do
Mr Gunn?  put her arms round my neck and gave me
an unsolicited kiss.   God bless the child for it.
  I was very sad and ill before going out this night.  I went
up to my lonely room and prayed.
  4. Monday.   Revising Mammoth Cave article, written
at home, to take to Fowler & Welles.  It took all the
morning.      A letter from my mother and Rosa.   There
are home details in it which set me thinking more sadly still,
yet it should not be so.       To Fowlers.   Ice cold wind
blowing.   To  Young Sam  and Abbott.     They owe me money
  $18, and play fast and loose about it.         Writing at
night.        I think not harshly of Levison now,   the man has
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and one
Description:Mentions a visit to the Partons, a letter from his mother and sister Rosa, and his improving opinion of William Levison.
Date:1856-01-31
Subject:Abbott; Arnold, George; Arnold, Jack; Edwards, George; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gayler, Charles; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); O'Brien, Fitz James; Ornithorhynchus Club; Parton, James; Webb (reporter); Welden, Charles; 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.