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hunted up all the details of his seductions, adulteries,
hauntings of brothels and drunkenness ( Ned  professed
Temperance, and lectured thereon)   how he publish-
ed  Ned s  life, and is short hunted him from
post to pillar, from kennel to sewer   finally
to triumph in Ned s Blackwel s Island incarcera-
tion would take too long to describe here.
  Paterson has also been in California.
  Ellen Levison has been so exceedingly ill that she
was not expected to live, day after day.     Mrs
L s mother   a woman whom you instinctively shudder
at, as being what her daughter will be in the future
  has accordingy been here from Philadelphia.  She
in common with most of the women here (who are
cackling all day long about the child) pronounced
sentence of death on her arrival, and wouldn t be
moved from that judgment till to-day, when her
Exodus, happily, took place.     Poor Levison has
been immensely wretched and is sick.        Mrs L
was quiet, and comparatively impassive, but
her husband told how he had woke up in the
middle of the night to see her sit crying.      It
presented her in a new light to me!            They
acrually let the child have an ice-cream at her
entreaty!      Doctors   there were two   homeopa-
thists.           Ellen s getting better.    I am very glad
of it for Levison s sake.
  Allie Vernon is insane, in a lunatic asylum.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Regarding Thomas Paterson's history with ''Ned Buntline'' and Ellen Levison's sickness.
Date:1857-01-27
Subject:Buntline, Ned; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Paterson, Thomas; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.