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along the Brooklyn shores, opposite to Staten
Island, (quite a Hollandish-looking locality.)   Re-
turned to a cosy dinner at 3; and by 5 to
Partons.   Stayed there till 9 or 10.  A very
pleasant evening.  Fanny , Grace and Miss
J accompanied Dyer and myself to Fort Green
on our departure, I walking with the former.
  Scarcely anybody at our Bleecker street, boarding
house, now.     I think I was its only male inmate
last night.     Sol and W Waud were out rusticating
temporarily,  Haney I know not where, the Scotch
man Leslie at Shrewsbury, and even the clergyman
Martin off somewhere.
  18.  Monday.   To  Courier  Office, for payment
for article which I took  em on Saturday, and
first became acquainted with its insertion, in consequence
of an allusion to it by  Fanny Fern  on Sunday.
Times Office &c     Nothing reportorial doing.    Return
and at my story scribbling as usual.
  19.  Tuesday.   Called in at Scoville s house
Franklin Street.    He has removed the  State Regis-
ter Office  from Albany to New York, designing
to make an evening paper of it, advocating Fremont
for president (under the honorable idea that he will
 betray the North, ) and Greeley for governor of N.Y.
state.       (I learnt some of this from Tom Picton
whom I met yesterday talking with Gayler at Strong s
door.     He wanted me to write for the paper.)
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty
Description:Mentions that his boarding house is unusually empty of late.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Fremont, John C.; Gayler, Charles; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Leslie, William; Martin, Professor; Parton, James; Picton, Thomas; Scoville, Joe; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Franklin 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.