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lady s purse, projecting a partnership with a
lithographer, taking a villa in the country
&c.              A friend of Boutchers dined with
Mrs Stowe s daughters and describes them as  most
gentlemanly young ladies.           Amy Allom is mar-
ried   not to the Australian Braithwaite.     The
old cock  quoth Boutcher  will probably be the
next to sling himself up    or to  take a house-
keeper,      George Clarke s rusticating   will
probably bring a wife to town with him.    Corny
Bagster has  had all his family pigging at his rooms, 
projected crossing the Atlantic with  em and   didn t.
  Boutcher has done some drawing for the Illustrated
News, illustrated Loftus s Babylonian book &c.
  Now to myself.            I share Bellew s newly
take office.   Tis a perfect Salisbury plain of
a room, almost unfurnished.       There are two
tables, one a sunall, the latter a lengthy and
narrow one, appertaining to the official purposes
of former occupants.     Bellew does Picayune or
Nicnax work, having contracted for both, or
labors on a big water color dozen of cricketers, which
he will have to put on stone.     I work at the draw-
ings for my book, or what else I can get to do.
  What an absurdly unjust and false estimation
had I of Bellew.      He is   if I be not now mis-
taken   one of the most kindly natured and un-
affected of gentlemen.   I am learning to like
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ninety-eight
Description:Describes the office he shares with Frank Bellew, and a letter from William Boutcher.
Subject:Allom, Amy; Bagster, Cornelius Birch; Boutcher, Jack; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Stone, Mrs. (Boutcher) (Boutcher)
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.