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old grandmother at Eynsham (  a blooming lassie 
Sam calls her;)  and Sara Rogers   la belle Sara  
is a governess in consequence of  her own wish to
leave a not over happy home.   We expect her
up  writes Sam,  at Christmas, from near
Portsmouth.  She has often asked after you, and
desires to be kindly remembered &c &c.    Anon
Sam declares he s  quite sick of Edwin and Char-
ley  because they don t get married.     He wouldn t
wait for them if he were the gals    sticking at
home with salaries!     Furthermore he talks
of skating   of his disappointment last winter, and
his hopes of the coming one; of the  hard up-hill
struggle  he has made in life; of the preacher
Spurgeon; of a man who borrowed money of him,
(and whom he warns me against, as the individual
will probably come to New York.)  &c.     Alto-
gether a letter to set one thinking, gravely and
apprehensively of the future of those two grown
children.  Heaven send  em not many hard expe-
riences of this hard world.   Right little they know
about it.       I like Sam.      I think of him with
a great deal of tenderness.
  27.  Thursday.  Down town.      Bellew
came at night, and Colonel Forbes   who spake
of securing my services on the European, a newly
started paper.              Went home with Bellew, and
stayed till 11.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes a letter from his brother Sam in England.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Rogers, Sara; Spurgeon
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.