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Office, Post Office, Picayune &c.     Rode up town
with Levison.    Drawing in afternoon.      Bellew re-
turning from cricket match at Hoboken (with Haney), ap-
peared at supper.      Out with him, Levison, and Sol
to Honey s tavern; there till 10.  Ale and welsh
rarebits, Levison talking of his paper.    With Sol
looking on at a Fillmore procession subsequently.
  13.  Saturday .   Down town for wood blocks &c.
Letter from Alf Waud.      Drawing.     To Mercantile
Library and Astor.       Evening with Wood and young
Clarence Eyting at Honeys.                    It would seem
that Banks is going to bad rather rapidly.   Wood
says he gets drunk five nights out o  six and loafs
at his office.
  14.  Sunday. To Pounden s at Brooklyn, where
I dined with him, his wife and a girl, sister of the lat-
ters.  Stayed till sunset, and then down the treey avenue
and through the evening glory to Parton s.    Only the
family (including Miss Jacobs) at home.    Parton has
left the Life Illustrated, and purports to devote himself
to his projected  Life of Burr  forthwith.  Stayed till
10 or so.
  15.  Monday.  Down town calls.  Masons, Sunday
Courier Office (for $2 payment for yesterday s article) Pica-
yune &c.       With Bellew awhile, walking to Wall Street
and talking over mutual misapprehensions of character in
the old  Lantern  time.      He appears to have detested
me with equal cordiality, then.      Tis said O Brien has
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page sixty-four
Description:Mentions a visit to the Poundens and Partons in Brooklyn and a walk with Frank Bellew.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Eytinge, Clarence; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Levison, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Wall 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.