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Rinaldini-ish  passages, which don t help the effect.
     A letter from Hannah.   Answered, at once.
Weather influencing health and spirits.  Now sum-
mery days all sunlight and blue sky, now 
ceaseless, wrathful rain, one day a terribly stormy
one, uprooting trees, dashing chimney s into streets, and
overthrowing houses.    Much alone, as usual.  Haney 
not very well, and over busied.    Did my contract
of drawings for Nic nax.  Nought else but writing.
Out for walks, each day, mostly.    One Hoboken
one.       Allie Vernon  writes again for the Picayune.
I met her one morning in Levison s room, having
gone thither to take in a drawing.     She, with her
second live husband, has been residing close by in
this street.    He is a youngish Dentist, and she
married him under the expectation of being kept,
tried letting rooms of the house, taking boarders
&c, and have just made a smash of it.  He
goes back to live with his relatives, she to write as
 Bell Thorne  for the Picayune, and under her
old nomme de plume for the New Yorker.
  I have met Picton once or twice, who, over
a mug of lager, gave me an Item or two for
my  Physiology.       He writes for the Courier.
  Got  frightened with false fire  anent my book,
thus.    Welden, meeting me, intimates that one of
the Sunday papers has announced a series of
papers on Boarding Houses   to commence with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eleven
Description:Mentions the stormy weather and Allie Vernon writing for the ''New York Picayune.''.
Date:1856-04-30
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; New York picayune.; Picton, Thomas; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Welden, Charles; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.