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  24.   Wednesday.   Drawing till 1, then down town.
Picayune Office, Wells & Webb, Strong s &c.    Met
my old pupil Morse.     Returning through Greene St
was summoned to enter by Selina Jewell.       Her
mother and sister returned from the Catskills on Mon-
day.       I saw the latter, and till now had no idea
that red hair in a woman could look so attractive.   Mrs
Sexton had her hair loose, being arranging it, and it
resembled ripply, burnished, silky gold and was down-
right beautiful.          Her face however though fairish isn t
handsome.     Selina s dark haired and well looking, but thin
and affected.              Talk about  Mrs Hill.      The servant
who accompanied her from Boston knows the secret  
and has a husband whom she ran away from   also to
another man.     Mountain House closed.   /   Drawing
till late.    A ramble at 11, for contrast & then to bed.
  25.  Thursday.   Down town, and drawing.
Hayes called, having just arrived from England.
A fellow voyager with him.      Bellew up.
  26. Friday.  Down town & drawing.       Illish
during the last four days   brain worry.
  27.  Saturday.  A letter from Mr Greatbatch.
All well.    They have built a house (16 by 24 feet),
and have been living in it several weeks, though  tis
not yet plastered; have a stable, two horses and a
wagon.            Down town calls.  Saw Hayes : and
brought back some drawings I had left at Strongs.
A little matagrabolized about it, as I m ill content
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page seventy-seven
Description:Mentions the arrival of Hayes from England.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Morse; Sexton, Nelly
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Greene 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.