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He has, also, some outstanding squabble with Haney about
money   I suppose some loan business.       Is working for
Frank Leslie, when here, the office in Nassau Street
being apparently abandoned.  W. W. told me he owed
some $80 or so, ere his departure for Boston.   I ques-
tion if he won t be back in New York, failing to make
$ enough to return to England.           After a home silence
of over six months he got a letter from his mother, inti-
mating severe sickness on the part of his father as the
re^|a|son for cessation of correspondence   if reason it can
be called.
  24.  Sunday.   In doors till evening doing chores
all the hot, quiet, day .   Called at Edwards at 10,
and learnt that the old gentleman, his son George
& wife intend joining the family at the Catskills
on Wednesday   which message I am deputed to de-
liver to them.
  25. Monday.  Up betimes, a hasty breakfast, and
then, with Haney through the cool, fresh morning
streets to the foot of Spring, where lay the Glen-
Cove, her presence being intimated by the performance
of the Calliope.   It is steam-music of recent Yankee
invention, consisting of a number of variously-sized pipes
closed by valves which are lifted by playing on keys, (like
a piano,) when the vapor emerging produces a time.
 Tis very loud, and, I should say, more agreable to
passengers on other boats than these in its immediate vicini-
ity.    It resembles a grave, yet blatant spasmodic organ
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-four
Description:Mentions Will Waud's intent to move to Boston to earn money to return to England.
Subject:Edwards, George; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Waud; Waud, Mrs.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street; Spring 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.