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stoop, Levison operating as chief pyrotechnist, and
his wife, and others assisting.         I have thought
very unjustly of the couple.       To my room   oh,
so lonely at heart, and finished letter.
  5.   Saturday.      Post Office, Bonars, Picayune
Office, and much of the time in restaurant with
Haney, Bellew and Wurzbach, and anon, only
the two latter.      Uptownwards, meeting Baudoin.
By 5 to Brooklyn, per omnibus and car, to
visit Parton.       The house is a pleasant, handsome
one, situate behind Washington Park, from the
eminences of which you have a noble view of the
city of New York.      Fanny  gave me a pleasant
welcome and showed me over the house, and
then Parton came in.       Some fellow in Philadelphia
has published a cookery book attaching Fanny Fern s 
nomme de plume to it, and both Parton and his
wife were in a feeze about it.   Oliver Dyer goes
on to Philadelphia to-morrow with an injunction, they
have, to day, procured.          We supped in the front 
basement, with Fanny s daughters, and a handsome but
silent young lady.         Then I walked to the Park
and hill with Parton, returning to the parlor, Fanny
and Dyer, who had arrived.    Stayed till 11 or
later, getting back to Bleecker Street past midnight.
   /      A letter from home this day.
  6.   Sunday.     A letter from Dillon.       He
tells of a month s passion for a pretty young widow, which
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty-three
Description:Describes his first visit to Fanny Fern and James Parton's new house in Brooklyn.
Date:1856-07-04
Subject:Baudoin; Bellew, Frank; Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Mapother, Dillon; Parton, James; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.