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afternoon, during his absence.     He was ashamed to
be living in that part of the city.         He had some
property and occasionally got a little money.    Mrs K
had lived with him as long as his fortune lasted.    This
with more, he communicated, and then I left.
  Looked in at Edwards .  All the girls on the back
piazza,  father and mother out of town.   Haney
acting as Pater familias nocturnally.
  11.  Monday.  Down town as usual in the
morning.   Drawing and writing the rest of the day,
mostly the latter.        Sent letter to Alf Waud.
  12.  Tuesday .   Much as yesterday.  Writing.
Illish.       Allie Vernon called on Levison.   Saw
  13.  Wednesday.   Down town &c.   Called at
Masons.       Grosse, one of Barth s Mackinaw
comrades visited me in the afternoon.    From him
I learnt that Barth is now at Warrington, Flo-
rida, having thrown up his Michigan practice in
order to get a $100 a month berth   which, on his
arrival the medical donor had given to his son.   So
Barth has set up in business there.   Grosse, who
is now free of the army says Barth was doing well
in Michigan, and acted injudiciously in throwing it
up there.        Stuber and wife are also in Florida,
indeed all the Gardiner family.         Creecy has run
away from his wife.        Henry the little Englishman
I once visited at Fort Hamilton, is dead of the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page thirty-eight
Description:Regarding a visit from Grosse, who gives news of William Barth and other acquaintances.
Subject:Barth, William; Creecey; Creecey, Mrs.; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Grosse; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Henry (acquaintance); Kidder; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Levison, William; Stuber; Stuber, Mrs.; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.