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ther says   of everybody who approaches her.       She raised
a dismal uproar on Mrs G s kissing Ellen Levison,
 before her own child    as she called it   nor would be
pacified for half an hour.              The mother will promise
her a kiss if she ll  be good  for ten minutes, where
the little spoilt wretch will set up her pipes and yell
that she can t be good for so long, and so by dint of
clamor, compel easier terms.      More perverted and sel-
fish affection I never saw.           Worst of all the silly
mother prides herself on it.                         The boy Rawson
  the product of her first marriage   has no share of af-
fection accorded him, and pretty well knows it.      He
has a common, coarsish face, whereas the other twain,
the younger boy and May are pretty children.    Yet I
am mistaken if Rawson isn t the truest natured of
the lot.
  29.  Monday.   Ceaseless rain all day.        In doors
Writing  R.R.R  testimonials, on suggestion of Bellew.
Two letters, one presumably from a well-to-do hypo-
chondriac taking a dismal view of life; the other the
reverse in both cases.     Drawing at night.
  30.  Tuesday.   Drawing. Caricatures for Nick
Nax.   Took down a pile of them to Haney in the af-
ternoon, as the two days rain cleared up, and
walked half the way up town with him.    He and
Sol are on apparently friendly terms again; but
the latter has got up sulks towards me, learning
from a letter of Will Waud s (to Wood) that they
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page seventy-nine
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's children.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Children; Eytinge, Solomon; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, Ellen; Waud, William; Wood, John A.
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.