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pression that Alf was in England. /   He looks very
hearty, and sailorish.            Back to room and
writing.     Bellew looked into the basement in the
evening, as did Wurzbach, who subsequently came up
into my room.          Wrote a letter to Dillon.
  {From the 12th Wednesday to       Writing, though
  the 16th Saturday, inclusive.}       not as readily or as
well as heretofore.     Yet queer in health & ill at ease
in mind.    Wrote to Barth, among other matters.
The good natured Irishman, Kelly, came one afternoon &
we walked down Broadway together.   Out once each
day for health sake, generally down town.   Writing each
night, till latish. I always seem better able to do work
then, and less nervous. The day sometimes seems cruel.
Each one is very like the other.      Haney and Sol go out
each evening. I am all alone.             Bellew up once.
  17.  Sunday.  A bit of a walk.  Banks up in the
afternoon, and half a nuisance, as usual.        To the
Waverly in the evening & had a long, pleasant talk
with Parton & his wife.     We spoke of things worth
putting down, but I should do it but lamely, did I 
make the attempt now.
  18.  Monday.  To Post office early, for a walk,
and then writing all day till 12 1/2.  Nervous &
irritable, unable to master it.
  19.  Tuesday.  Up the fifth Avenue, down to the
Tribune Office, then to drawing.  I m wretched spirits
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and fifteen
Description:Regarding his current mental state.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Barth, William; Bellew, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kelly; Mapother, Dillon; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Fifth Avenue
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.