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the woman for her cheerfulness and devotion to her
husband.                      On my chaffing Mrs Gou-
verneur about her looking  double-chinny  she ac-
tually tied her chin up in an handkerchief, to re-
press that imaginary tendency!    She is a curious
compound of frankness, folly, goodnature, meanness,
and cunning.        She bewails her growing
older, yet fancies she looks much younger than
she is   declares she don t want to get married, yet
is always planning and talking on the subject   is
fond of her children (two of them)  yet mismanages
them horribly.                       Sol Eytinge appears
but at morning table   generally towards the close
at breakfast.    His office on the paper continues.
  1.  Saturday.    Office with Bellew.  Down
town, met him at Nassau Street.     About together.
Didn t return to Office after dinner.       Sick and
sore throaty.    Took bath, writing, and bed.
  2. Sunday.    With Bellew, who called in the
morning, to Honey s.    Long talk there.   He has
taken a house.  (Says that Banks reports that
a bone of his face was fractured in the fight.)
Roberts the engraver in at Honeys.            Did
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and one
Description:Describes Mrs. Gouverneur.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Roberts (engraver); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau 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.