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Yellow Fever.
  Apropos of this yellow fever I must not forget
to chronicle to furious rows I had with Levison,
about my visit to Quarantine.   That little 
quintessence of spy, Ellen, overheard it, and makes
a report to her father which frightened him half
out of his coward s existence.    He talked about in-
fection, danger, contagion, God knows what.  Finally
I had to tell him he was the biggest coward God
ever made, when he sobered down a bit.       He,
wife and all are now off for Saratoga.         Scarcely
anybody in the house.
  14.  Thursday.     A letter from Boutcher.
Down town as wont; (with article for  Times. )
Evening called on Allie Vernon at Forsyth Street
and found Haney there.   Allie has been ill.
  15.   Friday.  Fowler and Wells , Times Office
and elsewhere all the morning.     Writing during
the afternoon.       Wrote to Hannah in the
  16.  Saturday.   To Post Office & calls.  After
noon to Brooklyn, per omnibus, ferry and rail car.
The family all out.          To Pounden s, some fifteen
minutes walk.    His mother and wife within, and he
soon arrived from New York.     Stayed all the eve-
ning, and in consequence of rain storm accepted their
offer of a bed.
  17.  Sunday.    A long ramble with Pounden
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page thirty-nine
Description:Describes a visit to Frank Pounden in Brooklyn.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Pounden, Mrs.; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Forsyth 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.