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  Mr Greatbatch has been here, on his way to Illi-
nois, there to purchase a farm.  I went to the 
City Hall with him, there to take up his naturali-
sation papers.       I have promised him a visit to
Philadelphia.                             I have letters from
home, Hannah, Boutcher and George Clarke.
Yewell is at Washington, and projects a voyage
to France, in company with Howland.    Arnold
boards in Greene Street, is hardish up, and does
what he can with pen and pencil.      I have some
conjunctive projects with him.     W W and Sol
Eyting have taken a room in Nassau Street, where
they work diurnally.         Sol and I are on speaking
terms again.            Visited Swinton at Staten Island
one Sunday in company with Banks.     He has a
neat little house not far from the Vander bilt ferry,
two children and a little wife.              Shepherd
is at New Rochelle, and sent me a bit of a let-
ter.      I have been working miscellaneously. Selling
a few drawings to Strong (at mean prices); others
to Levison and Haney, for  Nic nax,  getting out
a political caricature on stone &c, and some writing.
Haney has abandoned his attempt at Robinson
Crusoe-ing and now occupies the room opposite to
mine.        He is never at home, save during meal
hours, and looks unhealthy and townish.           I
have visited Pounden thrice, at his Brooklyn
home, an out o  the way place, up by Flat-bush
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty
Description:Mentions letters received from friends and visiting Swinton and Frank Pounden at their homes.
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Eytinge, Solomon; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Howland, Frank; Levison, William; Pounden, Frank; Strong, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred; Swinton, Alfred, Mrs.; Waud, William; Yewell, George
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.