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story for Levison, save this present one   the last
of the year.                 As I sit,  tis a dark
night out o  doors, and snowing lightly.   I had half
intended starting for Bellew s, but tired with tramping
about (I spent the afternoon on the  European ) in
a big pair of knee high boots which I ve just got made,
I resolve to stay in doors, read, think, and go to
bed early.                       What are the people in
this house doing just now.  I think I can tell.   In
the adjacent attic is Miss Church   plying her needle
probably.    She anticipates that the new year will change
her name and give her an Italian husband.        Oppo-
site, in the front attic is Mrs Gouverneur and her
brood.   I hear the spoiled-child s voice of little May
querulously raised at this moment.         She is the
veriest little despot conceivable.   And now she s howling.
Mrs G s received a letter from her son Rawson
  and not yet answered it.      In six months she ll
ignore the fellow s existence, as she has that of a 
grown up daughter of hers, now in Australia.   What
are her hopes for the new year?      A third marriage
I suppose, in which she hopes to barter her selfish-
ness, uncertain temper and cockney vulgarity for a
rich, young, handsome, and well-born husband.
She, really, in a trashy lose sort of way thinks this
may come to pass!       I had an uproarously chaffing
evening three Sunday s back, with her, and Miss
Church, in which I told the former, jocularly, more
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Date:1856-12-31
Subject:Andreotti; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Children; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; New Year; Women
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.