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stance of his daughter being with Alf.    The old man
sent a letter to her by this obliging individual, which
Alf replies to.    It was a singularly injudicious
letter, commencing with non-committalism, glancing
off into direct crimination of himself, (including al-
lusions to circumstances which the abductor only could
have been aware of,) and finally pleading for the
old man s favor.     Alf concluded, under the sig-
nature of Hill, that he d like to subscribe himself
his son.              Mischief is scarcely to be anti-
cipated, however, as Mrs J reports her husband
as conciliatory.        But both wife and daughter
say he s an unsure man, and, were he to meet
Brainard, might blurt all out, at once.     Mrs
J s visit was to request my writing to Alf, war-
ning him against any allusion to her connivance,
journey to Boston &c.
  23.  Saturday.  A letter to Dillon.   Writing
hard.   Down town after dinner and left M S at
Tribune Office &c.          In the evening with Haney
to Edwards .    Only Mr E and his wife within,
all the girls at the Catskills.
  Levison and family have returned, he looking
very well in health.     Sol is remarkably quiet, and little
at home since W. W s departure.    He is short
of $ and engaged in one of his periodical feuds with 
Brown, so don t work for him.     Has been away
visiting his sister for the last day and a half.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-three
Description:Regarding Mrs. Jewell showing him a letter written from Alf Waud to her husband about their daughter's elopement with Waud.
Subject:Brainard; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Mapother, Dillon; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.