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of reading.      Nelly, the younger is fair and fat,
but has moles on her face, and a resentful, wilful
way with her.            Fanny has been a handsomish
woman, and looks well now but haggard.  She is light haired,
and when animated her face flushes.   Only a
triangular bit of her forehead is perceptible, her
manner of wearing her hair concealing the rest.
Parton appears very fond of her.  /    He, however,
isn t jealous of Walt s kissing her, which he
always does on quitting.)          Walt talks well
  but occasionally too much, being led by the
interest with which his remarks are received
into monopolizing the converse.         I, as a rule,
would prefer to play listener, yet it is a violation
of good taste to find yourself constrained to become
one.      And nobody wishes to become a bucket to be
pumped into, let the stream be ever so nutritious.
He, Walt Whitman is equally a disbeliever in the
divinity of Christ, as is Parton.   (I put this
down simply as a fact, sans depreciation of faith
or lack of it.)                      I have met Fry
there, one of the Tribune men.
  Alf  Hill  and  Mrs H  are rusticating some-
where near Boston.    I get and respond to, letters
occasionally.      He projects going west, to effect a
divorce for his Helen, from her Menelaus, in a
month or so.          I call on her relatives when there
is anything to communicate.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page nineteen
Description:Describes his visit to Fanny Fern and James Parton.
Date:1856-06-30
Subject:Brainard; Divorce; Eldredge, Ellen; Fern, Fanny; Fry; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Whitman, Walt
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.