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for exaggerated remarks on folks.       The handsome
Creole is graver, more thoughtful.           I am mistaken
if there is not an amiable intention on the part of  Fanny
Fern  to abet my falling in love with Miss J   indeed
the self sufficient donkey Dyer blurted out some stupid
attempt at jocular allusion to such a presumption!   It s
very kind of  em.       May the girl   kind and handsome
as she is   find a good husband elsewhere.                We
had a merry walk; and I got back to New York
by 11.
  8.  Monday.  Note from Alf Waud.   Will thinks
Boston suburbs superior to New York, and compares the
city to a mixture of English country towns with bits
of London and the Empire city.               Writing all
day.   Out in the afternoon, calling at Wilds, and
down town.     Dropping in at the Ornithoryncus at night
in company with Sol, met Banks  who spoke of his
book.    How Shelton Mackenzie  very much admired it,  
 liked every bone in it but one , and  undertook to find
him a publisher. 
  9.  Tuesday.  Down town.  Going to Wells and
Webb for wood met Bellew, and with him to a tavern
in Dutch Street, where we had a two hours talk about
this country, business, my book, and other matters.   Re-
turn uptown with a load of box wood for cuts to the
P of N.Y.B.H.                   This afternoon, our clergyman
boarder Martin and his family left, for a house of
their own after nearly four years residence.     He came
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page sixty
Description:Regarding his suspicions that Fanny Fern is trying to get him to fall in love with Louisa Jacobs.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacobs, Louisa; Mackenzie, Shelton; Martin, Professor; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Dutch 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.