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if some dreadful event lay in the future to which
we were surely journeying.
  If ever we are married  I shall think of that dream
on our wedding day.
           x                  x                   x                  x
  Office, as usual.    Met Bellew in the evening.
  9.  Tuesday.       Office.   Wrote to Andrew
about cuts to book.    Writing in the afternoon and
evening.  Auto Biography of a Dollar. 
  10.  Wednesday.  Office.  Afternoon out to boot-
makers.   Evening partly talking in parlor, partly
writing.
  11.  Thursday.    Office, both fore and after-
noon.     The day a drenchly wet one.
  12.  Friday.    Office.     A letter from Alf
Waud.  He has been rheumatically sick.  No news
of import.    Damoreau  making more money than he
ought at engraving;  Will in debt and  pawning
his ticker ,  and Wurzbach has written a letter
from Germany  all guide-book and second-hand
georgraphy.          Some little details of the proceedings
of Menelaus Brainard during Alf s absence.
  Wrote to Hannah, this evening.
  13.  Saturday.  Post Office,  European  &c.
Called at Child s to get drawing of Alf s.       To
Oscanyon s  Turkish lecture in the evening, calling
at Mrs Jewell s house by the way.     Saw her, and
her two daughters.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and nineteen
Description:Mentions attending a lecture by Oscanyan and visiting the Jewells.
Date:1856-12-08
Subject:Andrew; Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Brainard; Childs; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dreams; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Marriage; Oscanyan; Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Wurzbach
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.