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Returning to Bleecker Street found a letter
from Alf Waud with some information.    Wrote
an answer

  1. Sunday.   Ellen Levison s funeral.  By
noon upwards of fifty persons   of whom the majority
were women   had assembled in the large front
parlor.     The coffin lay in the hall, the upper
part of it being uncovered.  So that   though rather
willing to recollect the child as she had been run-
ning about the house, a month ago than lying stark and cold in her coffin   I caught a
glimpse of her face.       It seemed more matured than
during life : one might have imagined her eighteen
or twenty.   There was a horrid smear of blood on
the lips, and a wreath on the coffin lid.           In
the parlor many of the women had clustered round
the colored photograph of the dead child and her
mother. (I recollect her bringing it to me on the 
night of the new year, when I was in Levison s
room.)   All the company being assembled, poor Levi
son came in, with his wife; both in deep mourning
costume, and she crying bitterly.    Then Chapin
who had officiated as master of the ceremonies, ad
vanced to the centre, turned his back to the fire
place and commenced.       First he read appropriate
passages from the bible, and then addressed the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes Ellen Levison's funeral in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Chapin, E.H.; Children; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.