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		         December
  1.  Monday.   To the  European  Office.
Talk with Forbes, then going over papers and proofs.
Russell in by 12, intermittently.         Surely these
men are the most sanguine in the world to hope
their paper will sell, so conducted.     I ve given my
opinion frankly enough, but they are so gloriously
intent on their own ideas that              Any person
taking up a number of the paper would think it
nought but a compilation from the editorial columns
of the Tribune, Herald and Times.    And who would
buy such?        It s to find subscribers in Canada,
Europe &c   to be quoted from by the London Times
&c   and the Lord knows what all.              Read heaps
of proofs, made suggestions, and was bored till 2 1/4
then up-town to my own work.             (Calling on
Mrs Murray my washerwoman I learn that
Banks is in her debt some $20 or $30.      It s
like him.)        Writing and drawing till mid-
night.
  2.  Tuesday.   To  European  Office by 9  
(after going to Radway s with drawing.)     Reading
proof with printer till 1, and going over papers
till 2.            Writing &c till 11.
  3.  Wednesday.   Office as heretofore.     Wrote
letter to Dillon in the afternoon.        Evening to
Laura Keene s new theatre, there seeing a most
unmitigatedly trashy and successful piece hight  Young
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ten
Description:Gives his opinion of the ''European.''
Date:1856-12-01
Subject:Banks, A.F.; European.; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Murray, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing; Russell (proprietor); Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.