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the publisher Peterson s,   a thickset, bull-headed
looking man   and collected $8 for Levison.    Also
visited the publishing office of the Saturday Evening
Post, on my own account.   (This was all the attempt
I made at business.)         Wrote letters to my mother,
Dillon, Alf Waud and his brother.         The days pas-
sed rather gloomily, my health and spirits not being
of the best.       Mr Greatbatch was unostentatiously
kindly, and talked of Illinois.        What a weary ex-
perience have they had of it, and how enduringly
he has met all.        Poor Mary Anne! she needed sym-
pathy and hope for herself, yet found it for me!
  I could never endured what her husband has.
I should have gone mad, or committed suicide long ago.
He will end in success   and deserves it.
  If there be one word that contains more of the essence
of Hell than another it is   Poverty.      It means fear,
self-distrust, sickness   deterioration of mind and body,
life long Misery.
  12.  Saturday.   Return to New York, by
boat on the Delaware to Tacony, and thence by
rail.      Reached Bleecker by 2 1/2.      Bathing, dining,
and walk in the evening, after half an hour in the
basement with its occupants.
  13.  Sunday.     Attempt to find where Banks  
or rather his landlady, my washerwoman   has removed
to.    In-doors all the afternoon.       To Chapin s
in the evening, subsequently dropping in at the Ed-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty-six
Description:Describes a visit to the Greatbatch family in Philadelphia.
Date:1856-07-11
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; Mapother, Dillon; Peterson; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
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.