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assemblage.   What he said was excellent, and admi-
rably adapted to comfort poor Levison.         He did
not magnify the terror of Death, or draw a skull
and cross bones In-the-midst-of-life-we-are-in-death
moral, nor deal in conventional depreciations of the
glory and beauty of Life, he did not attempt to
explain the unexplainable.     He frankly accepted the
mystery of the case   the child s short life and pain-
ful death.     He expressed his acquiescence : and faith
that All was Well, and bade the parents believe that
the child had but preceded them;   that they had not parted
for ever.           With much more, all good, kindly and
human.        He appeared far more of the man than the
clergyman, and that s why I liked him.             Most
of the women were crying.    I liked  em for it.      Mrs
Patten s eyes were very red, and Mrs Gouverneur cried.
(She sat next to me, and on her crossing to that
place I said to her,  Don t let us retain any ill
feeling towards one another now!   So she put her hand
into mine, gave it a little cordial squeeze, and we
were friends again.   (She looked very nice, with her
smooth brown hair, plump figure and full skirts,
and was the handsomest woman in the room.))     We
sat in the rear of Levison and his wife .     I could
see his bowed bald head and red hair.     I felt very
sorry for the man.                A prayer followed the
address, and then the assemblage flocked into the
coaches, the hearse preceding them.     I, with Leslie
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Describes Ellen Levison's funeral in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Chapin, E.H.; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Women
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.