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Avenue.  Leslie, a tall, prosperous, opinion-
ated Scotchman accompanied my last visit.
  1 & 2.  Tuesday and Wednesday.   Subject
to my depression.    Working on a big lithographic
stone, and writing an article for Dixon s  Scal-
pel  detailing my recent nervous experience.    Down
town twice, during the afternoon.            As usual
the afternoons are the most miserable, yet so far
improved that the horrible despondency is unaccompanied
by hysteria.
  3.  Thursday.    A letter from Mr Greatbatch,
Philadelphia.  He has purchased 80 acres of prairie
land in Illinois, (Sunbury, Livingston Co,
100 miles S. W of Chicago, and 24 from the town
of Ottawa.)    It is virgin soil   no improvements
on it.             Finished my  Scalpel  article, and
I think, my depression is lightening.       A letter from
Hannah.         To Nassau Street in the afternoon,
Bonar s, the Picayune and Post Office, returning
with W. W. Sol, and Brown parting with the
latter two by the way, up town.          Evening to
Dixon s and sat conversing with him for an hour
or so, accompanying him to Houston Street, where
I left him.         The customary gun-powder flatulence
and patriotic pyrotechnics in operation all over the city
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty-one
Description:Mentions writing an article for Dr. Dixon for the ''Scalpel'' about his nervous disorder.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Dixon, Dr.; Eytinge, Solomon; Fourth of July; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Scalpel.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Sunbury, Illinois
Coverage (Street):Houston Street; Nassau 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.