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and Rawson Gill walked.   It was to no great dis-
tance.    Up Bleecker Street, through the miry snow
crossings and over the slippery side-walks, into Carmine.
A few blocks southward, and then down steps and
a narrow passage to the rear of a church, where within
a dank looking vault the coffin was deposited.   ( It
will be conveyed to Greenwood in the spring.)      The
people stood peeping in awhile, and then we turned
and retraced our steps.         It was a mild clear day
overhead, and the sun shone brightly.
  Mrs L didn t appear at dinner, nor any more
that day.    Levison did, and tried, bravely enough to
put a stout heart on the matter.      But the man is
sadly cut up about it.       I m very sorry for him.   Every
body is, and will feel kinder towards him than usual
for a time.
  To Bellew s for an hour or so, at night.
  2.  Monday.    Office.     Afternoon and evening
writing.   A letter from Andrew with proofs of cuts.
  {3.  Tuesday to       Office as usual.  The Colonel
  7.  Saturday.}       tells me, one morning, my servi-
ces won t be required next week as  they wish to retrench
expenses.       Paterson is absent for the greater
portion of this week in consequence of the death of one
of his children and the sickness of others.        Weather
atrocious, mud-mid-leg deep in the streets, with
rivers of slush.       Myself, individually, out of sorts,
bad cold, rocking nervous headaches, sore throat, perpetual
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Describes Ellen Levison's funeral.
Date:1857-02-01
Subject:Andrew; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; European.; Forbes, Hugh; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Carmine Street
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.