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Inquest in operation in the rear-parlor, Coroner sit-
ting at the further end of a large table which was
surrounded by reporters (among whom I recognized
acquaintances) and a crowd of lookers on.     Little
Edge in spectacles, high boots and a great state of 
glory accosted me.     Nothing effected this time,
nor yet on a 6 P. M. visit, when I was intro-
duced to the coroner.   On the following morning
tried again, and after waiting two hours and a half
was successful.   First, however, I was taken up-
stairs to the scene of the murder   a back room, over
the parlor.   The horror of the deed was
strongly impressed on one, on witnessing its evidences  
a great blood-stain on the carpet, dots and splash-
es in the walls, wainscot and doors. (   The mur-
dered man   an individual of loose life and despicable
character   had upwards of fifteen stabs upon his boy,
one penetrating the heart, another dividing the jugular.
There had been a preliminary attempt to strangle
him.)                  My expectation had been obtaining
a daguerreotype of the woman, but that not being
forthcoming, I had to go up in company with the
deputy-Coroner and take a look at her.          A
policeman guarded the door, where she, her
daughters (who are also implicated) and sons (two
boys of 9 and 10) are confined, on the third floor.
  They have two rooms, through the larger of which
we passed, the girls   two of them rather tall
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Describes visiting the scene of the Burdell murder to do a sketch of Mrs. Cunningham for the ''Courier.''
Date:1857-02-07
Subject:Burdell, Harvey; Cunningham, Emma Augusta; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Murder; Police
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.