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Beard frozen and snow lying thick on my cloak, an
occasional jangle of sleigh-bells and everything proper to
the season.
  23.  Tuesday.  Office &c.     An article in the  Times 
pitching into the  European , and surmising that
the  British Foreign Office might be at the bottom of it. 
  24.  Wednesday.   Office, both morning and after-
noon.   Evening at Bellew s.
  25.  Thursday.    Christmas Day.    Office till 2.
Afternoon alone, reading.    Evening, by 8 to the Ed-
wardses.     Charades, games &c as at last year, but
the evening was less of a success.     Parton was not present,
though partly expected.     Haney s former landlady, a
Mrs Taylor, was there.                   Stayed till near 1, then
left with Haney.
  26.  Friday.  Office.   Wrote to Alf Waud,
for information as to how my cuts are getting on.   He
don t care to respond unless he has some object of his
own.      Andrew has not yet got half the cuts, I have
yet to see the proof of the first one, and if they
proceed at the same pace my book won t get published
till the Christmas of 1857.        Altogether I m being
humbugged and played with, and am heart sick of
the whole business.
  A letter from my mother   (God bless her.)   My
father is  just the same as he was last winter   
keeping his bed till dinner time, and  sitting by the
fire and making all sorts of frightful noises.    Bah.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Mentions a ''New York Times'' article criticizing the ''European'' and suspecting that the British Foreign Office is behind it.
Date:1856-12-22
Subject:Andrew; Bellew, Frank; Christmas; European.; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; New York times.; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Taylor, Mrs.; 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.