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know of his recent escapade in Boston.   (Alf knew of
it before my writing, from his brother.)
  1.  Wednesday.   Drawing on mahogany   poster for
Levison.     Took it down to office by 1.   Got paid
up for cuts $19.50/100.       Up town per omnibus with
Levison & Haney.     Drawing all the afternoon
[words crossed out]   Round to Jewell s (Mrs) in the 
evening, having a letter from  Mrs Hill  to deliver.
Took a night ramble afterwards.         A wintry night,
and Broadway all-alive with a Fillmore procession of
ostensible cartmen   from whence it appeared that a great
many carts, on some hoarse men, and a large number
of boys are in favor of Fillmore s re-elevation to the Presi-
dential chair.         Met Welden farther on, closely shaved
, as has been his custom of late, and rather drunk.
He began to talk of Walt Whitman and  that nasty, beastly
w___e house book of his,  and pronounced him deserving
of being whipped on his bare back  till the blood ran down! 
  Back to my cold bed by 11 1/2.
  2.  Tuesday.   Drawing till 4 P.M.     Then
to Brooklyn and Parton s.    A pleasant talking
evening with them.  Both Fanny and her husband
have been sick, she being still under medical treat-
ment, but for no great matter, I think.            She
can t stand certain passages in Walt s new volume
  albeit she praised the former one highly.        I
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eighty
Description:Mentions Fanny Fern's and Charles Welden's comments about Walt Whitman's new book.
Subject:Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Fillmore, Millard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Levison, William; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Welden, Charles; Whitman, Walt
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.