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I found Scoville in a back room, fitted up as an
office, and looking out on a bit of a garden.   The
two parlors of the house he had converted into a printing
office and filled with printers.  He talked on after
his usual rambling, boring egotistic manner, being occa-
sionally interrupted by men whose half defiant manner
outmatched the relation on which he stood to them.
Returned and writing.          A continuous and terrific
rainstorm all day and night.              Such an omni-
present swash of water, even as if that element
had risen in rebellion against the earth determined
on another Noah s flood.
  20.  Wednesday.  Down town as wont.  Little
doing reportorial.     To Frank Leslie s &c.    W Waud
goes off for Boston to night.        Sol Eytinge has
been for two days, at Long Island, (previously
borrowing $2 of me   for one day only.)       Writing.
  21.  Thursday.     A letter from my mother.
To Brooklyn in the afternoon, in accordance with
an express invitation from  Fanny  conveyed per
Haney.      The day was an uncertain one, promising
frowardness, but clearing up towards sunset.    The
purpose, a general visit to  Dan Rice s  Circus,
which pitched by the road side at no great distance,
was soliciting the patronage of Brooklyn.   All the
family went, including the colored servants; also
a Mr Perkins (who s attached to the  Life Illus-
trated. )  squired Miss J.      An immense con-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-one
Description:Describes a visit to Joe Scoville.
Date:1856-08-19
Subject:Circus; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Perkins; Scoville, Joe; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.