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Strongs s &c.      Sold drawings on wood to the latter.
Return and in-doors for the rest of the day.
  25.  Tuesday.      Indoors, drawing till the af-
ternoon.    Getting queer and nervous to a painful degree,
reminding me of past experience.      Rushed out after
dinner to 27th Street, there to call at Bellew s, but
mistaking the house came back more nervous than
before.    Drawing, with pain, at night.
  26. Wednesday.   Down town &c.      Illness con-
tinued.     Unable to do anything well.
  I have letters from Dillon Mapother, and from
my brother Sam.     Dillon tells that Yatman went
back to England in September last, previously in
forming him that his (Yatman s)  engagement 
with Miss McMullen had been broken off. (He
wrote  in a very Toots like manner.       Sam
writes a long, kindly young letter.       He and Min-
nie are as when I left only more so.         He talks
of  being able to keep himself and wife without any
aid from his father &c &c ; complains he can t
save a halfpenny; mentions that he has had an
assistant, and was therefore enabled  to take
it easier  in company with Minnie,   three weeks
at Swinford and three at Ramsgate
&c : tells of Joe Stokes going to Australia, pro-
fesses indefinite intentions of change of residence,
willingness to emigrate, and much more.     Mrs
Heath has another child;    Tilly is staying with her
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and six
Description:Describes a letter from his brother Sam in England.
Date:1856-11-24
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heath, Mrs.; Jenkins, Tilly; Mapother, Dillon; McMullen, Miss; Stokes, Joe; Strong, Thomas; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):27th Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.