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folks have friends and well wishers.   What
does Mrs L hope the new year will bring to her?
Well, nothing in particular, I suppose.  She is
not of the hoping or believing sort.        Levison would
aspire to running up the Picayune to ten times its
circulation.        I think the man deserves it, too.   For
Ellen   her wishes would be all for New Year s presents,
 that every caller should shell out something to her.
                Down stairs, one story
lower.      Artiaga and his little wife, he a good tem-
pered Cuban, desirous that his native island should
pass from the paw of the Spanish lion to the beak
of the insatiable Yankee eagle.    She a little, little
woman, rather sickly, and sometimes dresses her-
self very prettily.       They leave for Cuba at the
end of January.        I do not pretend to opine their
new years hopes.            In the back room sits Miss
Sturgis, the thick, squat, owl-like old maid whose
whole existence appears to be spent in that apart-
ment.         Her meals are sent up to her, and she
dislikes ventilation.      She has a lasting, raven like
predilection for peeping at passers-by, opening the door
for the space of two inches to effect this, and closing
it with a bang when you have passed, as though she
objected to your existence.     Its particularly unplea-
sant.       Sometimes she glides to the banisters, and
calls sepulchrally to the Bridget below.           Mrs Pot-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Subject:Artiaga; Artiaga, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New Year; Potter, Mrs.; Sturgis, Miss; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Cuba
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.