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separate.   Wrote a Catskill article for the Tribune,
letters to my mother and to Boutcher, with much
miscellaneous matter.   Each day to various newspaper
offices, and other incidentals preliminary to starting
for Kansas.        Repeatedly to French s Hotel, endeavoring
to see one Topliff recently from there.      Meeting Dana,
however, at Thompsons I learnt that his report was omi-
nous.       Called twice on old Jewell, in Greenwich Street,
the first time seeing his mistress, a frowsy slattern,
the second himself.     A short, lightish haired, vulgarly
well looking man, talking verbosity and ungrammatical
self conceit.    He professes esteem for Waud, and ad-
vises that he and his daughter live openly together,
allowing Brainard to get a divorce, and then effecting
a union in another State.        This affair has its
comic side.              Waud writes that  his wife  is now
at Falks, where she arrived within half an hour of
mine and Haney s departure.           I ve visited Mrs
Jewell with information.   She purports joining her
daughter for a day or two.                   Menelaus Brainard
has left his maritime employment, and is now at
the Novelty Works, East River.          W.  Waud
works with his brother, at Boston.         Sol and Haney
don t speak, the former being engaged, exclusively,
drawing on wood for Leslie.   He is very quiet,
and occasionally disappears for a day or so   presuma-
bly going into the country.             Little Edge is reporting
for the Herald, and talks successfully.                    I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fifty-eight
Description:Mentions calling on Jewell, who advises that Alf Waud and his daughter live together openly so that Brainard can get a divorce from her.
Date:1856-09-06
Subject:Boutcher, William; Brainard; Dana, Charles A.; Divorce; Edge, Frederick; Eytinge, Solomon; Falk; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Topliff; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Greenwich Street
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.