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  16.  Friday.  Office.   Writing letter to Bout-
cher &c in the evening.
  17.  Saturday.     Office.   To Bellew s in the evening.
  18.  Sunday.  Down town as far as Reade Street.
The day an intensely cold one, insomuch that on putting
one s head out of doors, beard and moustache were in-
stantly congealed into ice from frozen breath.  Yet it
began to snow   steadily.
  19.  Monday.   Down town early.    I never saw
the city present such an Arctic spectacle.   The storm
had continued all night and was still in progress. Snow
lay in deep banks, while other spots were comparatively
bare, areas were half filled shops snowed up &c. Dig-
ging out in progress everywhere, mountainous sleighing,
and a flurry of snow obscuring all objects at ten yards
distance.     Talk of no cars running, rail-trains stopped
and shipwrecks down the bay on that inevitable Jersey shore.
To Express office.     To Office.            An anonymous
letter arrived couched in the most horribly revolting
brothel language containing half coherent threats   one
 to have the heart out of  The Editor or Editors.    I
never saw anything so singularly obscene and atrocious.
No language but its own could convey a hint of the
insane hatred and horrible images suggested by it.
  It is just the lowest phase of American character.
Democracy sans culotte.
  20.  Tuesday.  Office.  A letter from Hannah.
To Clinton Hall in the evening, to hear Curtis lec-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Describes the winter scene in New York and receiving an angry letter at the ''European.''
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; European.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Reade 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.