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course of people.    Seats comparatively fragile, ranging
some dozen or more one above the other, more planks,
and a vacuum below.    Elephant performance, horse
performance, acrobatics and centaur performance.
Ate pea-nuts, looked on, got mightily hot, amused,
and had to dig my knees into people who objected to
my having legs.     Back to the house by 10, and
subsequently to New York.            I have sold my
share of the  Humorous Poetry &c  to Parton for
$225.          It s worth more, but I want money.
  22. Friday.   Met Lotty.   She was una-
ware of one or two calls I made at her recent lod-
ging, and had not received a bit of a note I left
for her. (Alleyne had intercepted it.)    Said she
should write to me, and that he talked of going to
England on Monday.     I walked with her to the
theatre.         Down town,  Times  Office & elsewhere.
Left M.S. article at the  Dispatch  office, seeing
Burckhardt.    To the  Tribune  Office, and seeing
Dana, asked if  twould be worth while sending  em
a letter from the Catskills.      Answer  Do it! 
Writing steadily all the afternoon and evening.     I
this morning had a visit from Mrs Jewell and
her married daughter.   Their purpose was to shew 
me a letter writ by Alf Waud to old Jewell, which
proceeding originated thus.     Some  youth  knowing Alf,
and coming from Boston to New York, must needs call
on old Jewell and communicate to him the circum-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-two
Description:Mentions getting a job from the ''New York Tribune'' to write a letter from the Catskills.
Subject:Burkhardt; Circus; Dana, Charles A.; Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mrs.; Journalism; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); New York tribune.; Parton, James; Sexton, Nelly; 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.