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truth about herself than she has, probably, ever
heard in all her life.       So much so, indeed, that
it ended in a jolly row.                    Down stairs, on
the next story, in the back room sits Mrs Patten,
the industrious loquacious Down - Easter, busily plying
her sewing-machine, which I doubt not, has been in
brisk motion all the live-long day.        She hopes that
the New Year may see her great, big, heavy dogmatic
Hippopatamus of a husband may get  an office  under
the new president Buchanan   whom he (Patten)
worked hard against at the polls. (There are only
five or six hundred candidates for the berth.)     I
hope he ll get it for his good wife s sake.       Also
she probably hopes that their boy George will break
himself of theiving.      He goes to his father s pockets
for money, spends it in candy, spoils his appetite,
and then don t want breakfast.        Also he invariably
asks for something that is not, (an ought not to
be) on the table, contradicts his parents and is
generally insolent to them.   Altogether a promising
young gentleman.            In the front room Mrs
Levison and her daughter Ellen are setting out a
table for to-morrows  calls , when upwards of
a hundred or more of those whom Mrs L would
call  friends    and who wouldn t care for half
an hour if she and her husband were hanged  
will drop in and do the conventualism of the season.
(Not that it isn t a kindly custom enough   when
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Buchanan, James; Children; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New Year; Patten, George; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.