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king the cooking, and other domestic offices, and doing
everything in the quiet, uncomplaining way peculiar
to the man.        I marvel at his patience.               We  
he, the boys, and I   took our meals in a room at the
rear of the shop, the windows of which were darkened
by almost totally closed shutters, in order to exclude
the myriads of flies that flocked in towards the store.
Beyond this was a partitioned space, containing the
big cooking stove, and a small strip of yard with a
hydrant in it.              The upper portion of the house was
comparatively unfurnished, the room which I, noc
turnally occupied, in company with Fred, looking
very bare.          The routine of existence was as fol-
lows.     By 5 the boys were roused by their father,
to open the store &c.  Breakfast over they went to
weighing stock &c, Mr G being busy from morning
to night.       Representatives of purchaser and seller
valued the stock.                  I went abroad occasionally,
but saw little more of Philadelphia than during my
former visits six years ago.    It is a spacious, cleanly,
monotonous place, objectionably uniform in its street
physiognomy.    Brick sidewalks, houses of the same
material, with inevitable marble steps to them, trees
and a lavish use of water are its predominant character-
istics.       Franklin square is a handsome one, and
can boast a better acqueous display than any of the
like places in New York.        I like the squirrel
feature, too, in Independence Square.     Called at
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty-five
Description:Describes a visit to the Greatbatch family in Philadelphia.
Subject:Business; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Franklin Square; Independence Square
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.