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had expected to have started for Kansas on Satur-
day, or Monday, but  bloody news  has delayed
my journey.      There s been a  battle , sundry murders
and scalpings, and two men have been killed in mistake
for Tribune Correspondents.                   I regret my
departure the less, that it will afford me an oppor-
tunity of getting the  Physiology of N. Y. Boarding-
Houses  under way.     On Saturday I had an interview
with Lowell Mason.        He proposes to spend $200
for illustrations on the outset, increasing the sum to
$400, provided that amount of cuts be ventured
by engraver &c,   in view of the circulation of the
book attaining 5000.              This I have communicat-
ed to Alf Waud, for Andrew s consideration.
  7. Sunday.        To Brooklyn in the afternoon,
(going first by mistake to Williamsburg.)   Tea at
Parton s.       All the family present including Miss
Louisa Jacobs and Dyer.           The last bye the bye
absented himself from the company, except during the
meal, being engaged in writing.   It was understood
that he was concocting a speech, to distinguish himself
in some local political meeting.       Parton is about
resigning his employment on  Life Illustrated , to de-
vote himself, exclusively to the Biography of Aaron
Burr   a long meditated task.              After supper
we took a walk, myself squiring Grace and Miss
Louisa.      A capital, pleasant, frank girl is Grace;
possessing withal a smack of her mother, in her liking
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fifty-nine
Description:States that he will not be going to Kansas to report on the border war because of the dangerous situation for reporters there.
Subject:Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacobs, Louisa; Journalism; Mason, Lowell; Missouri-Kansas Border War; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [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.