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akin to the state experienced in 290 Broad-
way.           Making Indexes and correcting proofs
each day   for the  Humorous Poetry of the Eng-
lish language.     Occasional visits to Parton and
 Fanny Fern,     generally on Sunday or Thursday
evenings.       Forbes  book is out   he has presented
me with a copy.       Stone has called, being on a
visit from the Catskills.    Much as wont, lacking
however the velvet coat &c       He is going to get mar-
ried to a Catskiller, says his father is delighted
with it, and shewed me some drawings of moun-
tain scenery, indifferently well done.     He has orders
for the supply of such, and professes to earn his
living.     A decentish fellow but with very little viri-
lity.     Yewel and Arnold have their Broadway
studio still; but the former talks of travel.
Arnold does some drawing on wood for Strong.
Hillard has called on me.           Levison and Haney s
 Nic-nax  out   a success.    Strong wrathy in
consequence.       Kelly calls.       Letters from Barth,
Waud &c.        He, the latter in communication
with the Jewells, who remove to Greene Street.
I have called there once.    On my first visit,
one of the daughters wanted Alf s letter, which 
he had instructed me not to leave.     For that
reason, and another, I did  nt.        I had, in com-
pliance with his permission, run pencil through
certain high-flown, and what he terms  Rinaldo
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ten
Description:Gives news of acquaintances from the past month.
Subject:Arnold, George; Artists; Barth, William; Fern, Fanny; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Kelly; Levison, William; Nick nax.; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Sexton, Nelly; Stone; Stone, B.G.; Stone, B.G., Mrs.; Strong, Thomas; Waud, Alfred; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):290 Broadway; Greene 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.