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dreadful truth of her whole false, selfish, mean, 
merciless, God-less life!   I remember her well   well.
  Oh Lotty, Lotty!      I don t love you, but it gave
me a strange yearning pain to look at that bright face
of yours.      I would to God I could help you!
  4.  Thursday.    To the Office, both morning
and afternoon, as this is the day preceding publica-
tion.   Plenty to do, of the usual sort.     Russell
appears to be an eminently respectable lawyer, has a
house in Hoboken, is gray haired and rather deliberate
in speech, his countenance a round and very English
one.       His editorials display thorough knowledge of the
subject in hand and are pretty 
vigorously written.     However the paper is managed in
most refreshingly un-business like manner; printers
standing idle for want of matter, and articles set
up often distributed without having been used.    Sub-
scription books have only been opened   on the eve of the
fourth number.         Devil a shred of light reading, as
literary or dramatic criticism is there in our paper.
We re as solid and heavy as cold pudding.      The
 European  may be likened to an Esthetic Newgate
calendar of political (and other)  American crimes.
Forbes and the chief have marginal squabbles.
  I don t think I have ever taken the Colonel s
portrait, so here he is.     A shortish man, very
bald, moustached and clean shaved   and in spite
of the first and last peculiarities looking much like
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Regarding Russell and the ''European.''
Date:1856-12-03
Subject:European.; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Publishers and publishing; Russell (proprietor)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.