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to have my claim in mind.   (I present myself
each day, at noon, in the Office.)   Welden
has received news of his wife s death in London.
She had voyaged to Australia, came back to
England, and wrote him a letter when near her
decease, begging his pardon, blaming him &c  
which a brother of hers finished.                Dana,
(whom I met at a Political club), and visited
at the Tribune office next day, received me
very favorably, took address &c.               The
weather insufferably hot, the afternoons being
almost unendurable.                Had a talk with
Bellew about Banks, incidentally, from whence
it appears he has got the correct estimate of him.
One night with Haney & Sol to the Pica-
yune printing office.
  26.  Saturday.  Down town.  Picayune
Office, clothing store, Ross & Tousey s.     Got
$20 payment, to Bonars to pay him, then
up-town.      After diner, by omnibus with W W
to the Battery, and there, debarkation for Staten
Island, with Levison & Haney, who joined us.
The excursion was at the invitation of the former.
Arrived at New Brighton, after cooling ourselves
awhile on the piazza of big boarding house by
the sea side, out with Mrs Levison and her
daughter in vehicle.  Haney drove, Levison sit-
ting beside him.   Waud, Mrs L, Ellen and I
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page thirty-one
Description:Describes a meeting with Charles Dana of the ''New York Tribune'' to ask for a job.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Bonar; Dana, Charles A.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New York tribune.; Waud, William; Welden, Charles; Welden, Charles, Mrs.
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.