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  1.  Thursday.      Down town to the Office, and
remained there till 1, in company with the Colonel.
Then to Brooklyn and Parton s where I arri-
ved just after he and Haney had started for
New York.    Stopped and talked with  Fanny ,
her daughter and Miss J till towards sunset,
and then returned per Gouverneur St Ferry to
New York.    The wintry streets full of  callers .
Met Pounden.       A late dinner at our place (6 1/2.)
Did not stir abroad subsequent, dropped in at
Levison s &c, and to bed earlyish.
  2.  Friday.    A letter from Alf Waud.
All right.   Dilatoriness the cause of his lack of 
response.     All the drawings sent for my book are
engraved, more demanded.       Andrew busy and
wants me to catch him two wood-peckers for Boston
consumption.     Wurzbach returns from Germany
in summer.             Alf has had a row with Damo-
rean originating in  a good-humored  push of the
former s.        They fought a round or so, coats off.
Andrew wants me to collect a debt from the Appleton s.
 /       Down town.   Sent off a fresh lot of drawings per
express,      to the Pic Office,     met Weed (told him
of the demand for wood-peckers) then to Office.
Evening dropped in at Jewell s, and wrote to Alf.
  3.  Saturday.       A book from Andrew arrived
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and thirty-three
Description:Mentions a call on the Partons in Brooklyn and a letter from Alf Waud about the progress of engravings for Gunn's book.
Subject:Andrew; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Levison, William; New Year; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Waud, Alfred; Weed; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [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.