Lehigh University
The Vault at PfaffsAn Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York
Previous Issue Next Issue
Previous Page Next Page
0 matches
act they re a little down on him.  (Alf ought to be
obliged to him.)   Old Jewell they see but seldom.
After much talk it was settled that I should
call on Monday for a letter, and transmit it to 
Alf, thus opening direct communication betwixt him
and his quasi mother in law.
     From the Thirteenth, Sunday to the End
of the Month.     Must pass unrecorded in detail.
I called at Merton Street, and transmitted letter
and daguerreotype (of Mrs J, for her daughter) to Bos-
ton;  together with a letter for Alf.         And
now to jot down other matters.        I have come
to an open rupture with Sol Eytinge, which chanced
thus.  Bellew mounts to my chamber on Saturday
night and invites me to go round to the Ornithoryn-
cus, which I do.   Banks and Wurzbach
there, and anon W Waud and Eytinge.   We
drank and talked miscellaneously in the bar, a
word or two passing  twixt myself and Sol, after
the usual style.       For the last three weeks or so  
ever since the return of W. W. he has adopted an
invidious style of chaff, one part jest, three parts
spite, towards me.      I recognize the tone of W W
in it.   Now unless there s an undercurrent of
goodwill, this diversion is always a dangerous one.
When I am sick in body and mind, Sol, and 
sometimes others come off, (by the aid of friendly
laughs on the art of their clique) comparatively trium-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eight
Description:Regarding his falling out with Sol Eytinge.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Brainard; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Merton Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.