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entitling him to this larger renumeration.     This I
demur to, while allowing his claim to more than my
share.  (The proposition, indeed, somewhat surprised
me, though I had intended suggesting that he should
receive more than I.)       In fact his command of money
having enabled him to purchase books, he with scissors
in hand could produce more in bulk in a couple of
hours or so, than my pen, in copying at the Mercan-
tile in an equal number of weeks.   (Hence, I think, 
has arisen his idea that he has done more than I.)
And then, too, he may unconsciously rate my labour in time
with my poverty, being well aware of my experience of
 Hard Times.      There are few men just enough to be
uninfluenced thus.          Had I a $20 per week berth
the thing would have been more equal all along.     Yet
let me do him justice.    He has worked more steadily
than I.        My labor was often lengthy and zealous,
but intermittent.                         He offers $200 for
my share, at once, stating that he supposes that
 $500 would be the utmost accruing to him (or
the proposed two thirds plan) in three or four years.
I said I d take $250.                   Finally we postponed
decision.      Everything occurred in good temper, and
we then descended to supper in the basement.    Fanny
presided as wont, her daughters and the handsome
silent young lady being present.      She is a Miss
Jacobs, and  Fanny  had told me her story an hour
before.      Her mother has been a slave down south  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twenty-eight
Description:Describes his discussion with James Parton about how much they should each be paid for their book.
Subject:Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacobs, Harriet; Jacobs, Louisa; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.