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is, he s had his amours too.
  Eminently New Yorkish, the whole of it!
  It is my deliberate conviction that this country is morally
rotten throughout.   Adultery, Fornication and Abortion are
rampant every where.   The oldest vices exist in diabolic vigor in this
model Republic,   and it Won t last.
              x                    x                   x                      x
  I had thought once, kind, chaste, good, loving Hannah
Bennett, in case of death taking away from me
the hope of making you mine own dear Wife,   to leave
you these records.        But would it be well to let you
see how vile a world I m living in?   Oh how little you
ken of what is done, every day!       Alf Waud runs
away with another man s wife, and now lives in adultery
with her.      Will Waud seduces a poor girl who loves him,
and deserts her and her child.       Sol Eytinge is a double
adulterer.       I d swear that Parton had a husband s
privilege before his marriage         Let him that is without
sin cast the first stone!    God pardon us!
  Deliver us from temptation!    Lord Christ deliver us
from temptation!   Amen!
  A mob out s doors, yelling and hooting like fiends on
some dirty political row   as I write.      Tis near mid-
night.    How looks Chacombe now?  Oh Hannah, may
God in Heaven bless you!
  17.  Wednesday.      To Masons and had a talk
about book.   He proposes to pay me my tenths on
the sale only on the disposal of the third thousand,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page sixty-eight
Description:Mentions his doubts about leaving Hannah Bennett his diaries as records of his life in New York because he believes America to be ''morally rotten.''
Date:1856-09-16
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Brainard; Eytinge, Clarence; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Mason, Lowell; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.