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ter   who visits her   says she has  a fine mind ,
and reads considerably.     The woman has relatives,
nephews and nieces &c, and ought to be petting
them, instead of leading such a wretched-old-magpie
existence.       What her hopes of the New Year are
the Lord knows.      (I think Mrs Potter has tes-
tamentary designs on her   and, really, she ought
to leave her some money, for her complaisance for
many years.)                   What are Mrs P s hopes
for the future?      A larger and more money making
boarding house, perhaps.    She deserves it, and much
more.       I m not sure but that Mrs P is just the
best woman in the house.              Then there s her
old mother.    Her wishes, if she has any, must be
very dim indeed!
  Haney s out, and Scotch Leslie.          The former
would  wish for a wife and a home   the latter
more money, and then a wife and home.
  There s Sol Eytinge, too, in the basement.  But
his wishes would not extend beyond money enough
to pay for drinks and billiards for the current evening.
  For myself, what would I fain hope that 1857
would bring me?
  Well, I d like the  Physiology of N. Y. Board-
ing Houses  to be a great success. But I don t
hope it   or only occasionally.    I d like my present
berth on the  European  to continue.    And   ah! 
I would to Heaven I could hope to be successful
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cooper, Mrs.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; New Year; Potter, Mrs.; Sturgis, Mrs.
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.