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doctors prescriptions, taking, as usual, a shower bath 
each morning.           Since visiting him I have had
two attacks, of the duration of three days each,
the latter however only accompanied with low spirits,
despondency, not the violent hypochrondria   wherefore
I believe I m getting better.                  I am never en-
tirely free from pain in the upper portion of the
spine.  It is as though the spinal marrow were un-
dergoing some radical change.    I find it fatiguing
to walk erect.   Work agitates me, throwing me into
a painful nervous excitement which I cannot master.
Yet I must do the little I can get to do.
  My book is accepted by the Masons conditionally.
They want to publish it at 50 cents, don t care
about spending more than $200 for cuts, and
postpone its appearance till the autumn, or rather
winter.        No books sell now,   it is, they say,
the dullest of times among their fraternity.        I
am indifferently well content, objecting however to
the proposed price.    I think the book s worth a
dollar [word crossed out].    The matter is postponed.   I do
not fear that it will get born in due time.
  Parton and his wife have just moved to Brook-
lyn, where she has purchased a house.    I used, as
wont to drop in at the Waverly on Saturday
nights, always finding Walt Whitman there,
and sometimes Oliver Dyer.     The latter, editor
of  the Ledger,  and the  John Walter  of Fanny s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page sixteen
Description:Mentions that his book has been accepted for publication by the Masons.
Date:1856-06-30
Subject:Dixon, Dr.; Dyer, Oliver; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Medical care; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Whitman, Walt
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [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.