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longer) for $12 per week.        My business looking
over papers, scissoring, correcting proofs and (perhaps)
editorializing.  (I could do the latter, I see, infinitely
better than either of my employers.)        To the
Pic office &c, and then up town.     Went to
the Mercantile at night.      Wet through once to-day
  30.  Sunday.  Bellew calling, took me home
to dine with him.   Introduced to  Ally Baby  his
child, a wonderfully plump, fair haired, double-
chinned well-behaved one.      We had a capital
dinner in the basement.         Mrs B is a lady-like
person, and I fancy, about to become a mother
for the second   or rather third time   (they lost a child
last winter.)         Bellew appeared to great
advantage, and is, I think, a very kindly,
gentlemanly, unaffected  modest fellow.    What
a false estimate I had of him, once.   And
what a cursedly unpleasant portrait of me would
he have painted, had any one asked him, then.
A great deal of lying and tattling on the part of
others, and misapprehension on our own produced
this.             Returned by the cars.    Met Scoville
in Broadway.         In doors writing till late at night.
An article for the  European. 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and nine
Description:Describes having dinner with Bellew and his family.
Date:1856-11-29
Subject:Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Children; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Russell (proprietor); Scoville, Joe
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.