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  14.  Sunday.  A dismal and persistently wet
day.     Wrote to Alf.
  {From the 15th Monday       To the Office each day
to the 20th Saturday}       as usual.   I do now, in
part,  let go my opinion, hold it no longer   as to the
management of the paper, and suppose it to be just as
its projector wishes, and that he has some ulterior
purpose or backers in a pecuniary sense.     Forbes
knows no more than I, and is probably engaged as
an ostensible authority, Russell not wishing   as he
intimated on my engagement   to appear openly in connec-
tion with the paper. (He has other offices in the
building and is  said to be engaged, largely in the
telegraphing business.     These rooms, we newspaper
employees don t go in)         The printers are all Eng-
lishmen, the foreman s name appearing as publisher
of the paper.       The Colonel contributes about one
article per week   generally on Italian affairs   which
I think Russell lets go in to please him rather than
considering it of importance.      Forbes too fusses round
generally, entering rooms like a tornado, always lea-
ving doors open, interrupting my proof-reading and
exasperating the printers   whom Seares (the foreman)
fears will insult him some of these days.         He (the
Colonel) will stop the press to have a word changed
from Italics into small caps.       Withal he is good humo-
red and simple-hearted as a boy, though very authorita-
tive.      One day this week he got talking of his Ita-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Regarding the state of affairs at the ''European.''
Date:1856-12-14
Subject:European.; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Russell (proprietor); Seares; Waud, Alfred
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.