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wardses.      The heads of the family out of town.
  14.  Monday.   Letter from Alf  to Mrs
Jewell, to whom I conveyed it seeing her, and two
married daughters.        Menelaus Brainard has
left his employment on the Hermann, presumably
to hunt up his wife.      Down town.  Bonars, Picayune
Post Office, Ross & Touseys &c. Back with big
lithographic stone.   Work till 6 1/2.      Writing till mid-
  15.  Tuesday.    Drawing on stone all day.  Called
on Arnold at night, and with him to Taylor s hotel,
intending to find Howland, who, with Yewel is in
town.              Met Banks anon, and for a half
hour to the Ornithorycus.     He, Banks with a companion,
one Mitchell, an office chum.
  16.  Wednesday.  Drawing.    Visited Dixon
in the evening.
  17.  Thursday.   Took big stone to Bonars.
Return by way of St Johns Square.       After din-
ner to Brooklyn, and visited Parton.   Bay
unprecedently hot even for a N. Y. July.    An
half hour s talk with Parton about our book, (which
was published on Monday.)    He proposed that after
the Masons thousand are sole, and our profits com-
mence, that we should share in the proportion of his
taking two thirds to my one.       He places his having
procured a publisher, his name &c (as author of
Greeley s biography) and his labor on the book as
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to James Parton in Brooklyn during which they discuss their book.
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Brainard; Dixon, Dr.; Edwards, George; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Howland, Frank; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Mitchell; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Sexton, Nelly; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]
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.