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has given him a temporary heart twinge.     A mor-
ning in-doors, an afternoon stroll in solitary
fashion, an evening partially spent sitting on the
stoop conversing first with Mrs Potter, anon with
Sol, W. W and Haney.        The house has seem-
ed unusually quiet to day.    Levison, his wife and
daughter have migrated to Staten Island for
an indefinite summer visit.
  7.  Monday.    Called at Greene Street, Arnold s
Picayune Office &c, and at 2 aboard the Camden &
Amboy boat for Philadelphia, taking the rail at Amboy.
The day a hot one, the road dusty.        Reached Philadel-
phia at about 5 1/2, got into an 11th Street stage, and
to the residence of Mr Greatbatch.      It is a corner
grocery with plain brick house attached. (He has adopted
his mother s name of Bristol.)          Mary Anne was suf-
fering from diarrhea, and kept her bed.   The boys,
(who are grown into sturdy fellows), and their father
attend in the shop, which he is on the point of disposing
of, that the family may go west.
  {8  Tuesday to       Passed in odd, desultory, sombreish
  11  Friday}       fashion.   Mr Greatbatch very
closely occupied about the sale of his stock and fixtures,
the purchasers and others being present each day, and
the boys the same.    Mary Anne keeping her room,
and looking and talking singularly like my father.
Her indisposition comparatively over, but she very weak.
They have no servant-girl, Mr Greatbatch underta-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty-four
Description:Describes a visit to the Greatbatch family in Philadelphia.
Subject:Arnold, George; Eytinge, Solomon; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Mapother, Dillon; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
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.