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lian experience in revolution; and how he, Garibaldi,
Ugo Bassi, Ciceroacchio and the remnant of the Italian
patriots fared in their retreat from San Marino,
in the attempt to escape by sea to Venice, which was
then blockaded.    He, (Forbes) got captured, and spent
some time in an Austrian prison.       He has sons in
Italy.       /             We have many Canadian exchanges,
which I look over.        Many of the first members of
the  European , which, it appears, were mailed to
members of Parliament &c   in England have been retur-
ned by the Post Office, with the official  Refused  as
reason.             I had to ask for my pay, on Tuesday,
when it was punctually cashed up for by a person who appears
to act as general treasurer.                         Went to
Wallacks one night and Bellew s another.     Writing
the rest of the evenings, Saturday a drenching day.
  21.  Sunday.    In doors till evening; then,
in company with Haney to the Edwardses.
  22.  Monday.    Office.     In the afternoon to Brook-
lyn.   The day a very cold, but exhilarating one,
Broadway unusually crowded with folks making their
Christmas purchases.      As it drew towards sunset, a
snow storm set in continuing during my stay at
Parton s and through the night.        All as wont in
Oxford Street.       Dyer came during the evening.
I played whist with Parton and the girls.        Returning
at 11, through the thick, fast falling snow, over
the Battle ground (Fort Green) and to New York.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Comments on the ''European.''
Date:1856-12-20
Subject:Bassi, Ugo; Bellew, Frank; Christmas; Ciceroacchio; Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); European.; Forbes, Hugh; Garibaldi, Giuseppe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Italy
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.