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up to say good bye to me   and a little more.   The
man is a little, thin, short, spare individual, with a
withered face, very black hair and bright, cavernous eyes.
He is a Professor at the adjacent New York college,
a Presbyterian in faith, and preaches in Jersey City.
A good, consistent, but, I think, narrow minded
man, yet with a certain simplicity of heart and much
practical charity.     A strong believer in the Maine Law,
an opponent of Slavery, possessing many  American
prejudices with regard to England   which he knows only
by books, and those American books.    A believer in
Macaulay.       Orthodox to a Calvinistic degree   withal
good according to the light he walks by.          His wife
is some ten or twelve years older than himself, and
I believe a scholar   understanding Greek.    She, during
his sickness, is reported to have taken his place at
College.     She has lived much in France, her uncle,
or brother being once U. S. Consul, and now a Roman
Catholic priest.     She has written a French novel.
At table she always appears in a cap, sometimes spec-
tacles, scarcely ever converses, and her voice is an
odd silvery-drawling one.   I should think her amiable
and fond of her husband.             The boy is one of the
most extraordinary juveniles I have ever encountered.
A rosy faced, dark eyed, near sighted youth of
12 or 13, possessing a small flute-like voice, and
quite a flowing, elaborate style of eloquence.     I use
the word advisedly.       He will address himself on
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page sixty-one
Description:Describes Professor Martin upon the Martin family quitting his boarding house.
Subject:Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Jr.; Martin, Mrs.; Martin, Professor
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.