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  12.  Monday .     Office.   A new hand engaged,
one Paterson, and English   or as I think Scotch  
ex-Chartist who has been imprisoned in England
for  blasphemy.    What queer jumblings up of
individuals are there in life.     Colonel Hugh Forbes
the born aristocrat   bred almost in the Palace   as-
sociated on a newspaper with a Chartist!       Writing
during the evening.     Illish still.
  13.  Tuesday.   Down town to Water Street there
to get address of Pounden s bootmaker.     Office.
A letter from Dillon Mapother.  (He fairly backs
out of the chaffy political controversy we ve held for
the last letter or so, and says he gives up  trying
to convert a natural born abolitionist.    Ha! ha!
A letter from Boutcher on my return from Office.
News of folks.     George Clarke has been to law
in the Exchequer Court with the trustees of the
Leamington Schools (anent a  successful  competition
of his)  and  through the folly of Worthington ) George s
partner in the affair)  and a lawyer s quibble
lost his cause.     Says Boutcher  the manner in
which Worthington was going to instruct  My Lord 
would have been amusing if it had not been so deadly
to poor George.     I had previously counselled him
strongly to use only words of one syllable but the
presence of so many learned friends inspired him
to darings flights with Icarus  (like)  results.   He
would allude to his  preamble  meaning his diary (!!)
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and thirty-six
Description:Describes letters from William Boutcher and Dillon Mapother.
Subject:Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lawyers; Mapother, Dillon; Paterson, Thomas; Pounden, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Water Street
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.