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occupied the interior of the carriage.   We had a
very pleasant time of it driving about the green
lanes, and admiring the fine prospects, though the
roads were very dusty.       Returned to supper at
the boarding-house, and by 9, the three of us
Haney, W W, and I, back to New York by
boat.    A lovely night on the bay, stars above,
refreshing breeze blowing.
  27.  Sunday.    In doors till evening, the
day being furiously hot.     Calling at the Edwards 
at night, found the entire family on the house top,
sitting in a row on the ridge of the roof, the girls
singing hymns.     Partons mother there too.
  One of the girl s had a voice resembling Hannah s,
and it set me thinking   thinking  
  28.  Monday.  Down town.  Times, Picayune
Offices, Ross & Tousey &c.     Writing, hard at
it all the rest of the day, and evening.
  29.   Tuesday.  Writing all the morning.
Left article at Fowler & Wells, in afternoon, then
to Post Office.    Met Walt Whitman in Nassau
Street, and at my suggestion, to a Lager bier
cellar, where we found Welden, Strong and ano-
ther.      Talked awhile, till they left.       Anon we
followed, crossed to Brooklyn and had a swim
at Gray s bath.                Writing at evening.
  30. Wednesday.  Writing and down town.
  31.   Thursday.   Ditto.   To a meeting of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page thirty-two
Description:Mentions a visit to the Edwards family, in which they all sat on the roof and sang, and having a beer with Walt Whitman.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, Mrs.; Strong, Thomas; Waud, William; Welden, Charles; Whitman, Walt
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
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.