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  {6.  Tuesday       Office; and evenings in-doors
  7.  Wednesday}
writing.  Sent another letter to Alf with $2 for wood
in it.         Levison s child is sick of the scarlet fever.
He s very anxious about it.     I m sorry for the man,
knowing at the same time that had it appeared in
another person, his extreme dread of infection would have
made him anxious to have  em out of the house.
  8.  Thursday.  Office, morning and afternoon.
Sickish and headachy, as I ve been for the last week,
with occasional returns of  spinal irritation.     So got
some strychnine and alcohol again.            Had a letter
from Barth yesterday.                Met Charley Brown s sis-
ter in Broadway, arrived from Springfield.           All
of her relatives appear to  let her alone.     Albert, she
says, is in Texas.               In doors writing, at night.
  9.  Friday.  Office.  (Editorial in the Tribune
about us.)      Writing all the afternoon and evening.
Letters to Barth and to Andrew.           Called in at
Mason s today.
  10.  Saturday .  Office.     Afternoon in doors,
sick and weary.  A letter from Alf, with no mention
of what I am chiefly in need of and have written again
and again for   a list of such drawings as he has done
or I asked him to do.          Called at Jewells in the
  11.  Sunday.  To Bellew s in the morning.
In doors the rest of the day.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Mentions that William Levison's daughter has scarlet fever.
Subject:Andrew; Barth, William; Bellew, Frank; Brown, Albert; Brown, Emma; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Waud, Alfred
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.