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  My book is now in the Publishers hands.  Parton
took down the Table of Contents, reported a favorable
reception, and the next day they had half of it, I
retaining the rest for half a week s over hauling. Through
Welden, (whom I met on Sunday night, after a
call on the Edwards ) I have learnt a bit of intelli-
gence which inclines me to expect Rejection from the
Masons.    Seymour is their  Reader.   Perhaps the
only man in New York who would relish doing me
an ill-turn.   And my book actually contains a quiet 
quiz of him, in his capacity of musical critic to the
N. Y.  Times!                           I have sold some
drawings to Strong & done some for Levison.
Alf is a father, and exultant.   The child is a girl.
Mrs Jewell went on subsequently, and stayed a week.
I called at the Greene Street house during her ab-
sence, and since her return, hearing much of 
Alf   who also writes frequently, I responding punc-
tually.     Have written also to Damoreau, George
Bolton, Barth, and Dillon.           Have received and
written a letter to Hannah.  (God love her and let me
gain her, some day.)                                I have met
Walt Whitman at Partons, and he has called on
me, subsequently.  I like the man immensely, and
must put him in pen and ink hereafter.    My
brain is too troubled to do it, now.     Have written
a paper or so for  Life Illustrated.    Had a
Staten Island ramble with Pounden on the last Sun-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page thirteen
Description:Regarding his fear that his book will not be accepted for publication by the Masons because Seymour is their reader. Also mentions meeting Walt Whitman.
Subject:Barth, William; Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, George; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Levison, William; Mapother, Dillon; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Publishers and publishing; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Strong, Thomas; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles; Whitman, Walt
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):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.