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and good-looking   rising and going towards
their mother, who came forwards.      The woman
is about forty-five, had dark hair and eyes, a
face inclining to oval, no-wise prominent or pe-
culiar features but a most marked and appalling
expression of countenance.   It is at once worldly
and remorseless.         Her mouth, too, is very charac-
teristic, the lips being thin and set.               She stared
fixedly for a moment or so, and then we re-
tired.     I shall hardly forget the countenance of
Mrs Cunningham.                Frank Leslie was
down stairs with Brady; and others whom I
knew.       Made my drawing that evening.     The
Jewells knew Burdell   the murdered man   employ-
ing him professionally, and Mrs had even projected
visiting him on the day subsequent to the murder
with the view of hiring the house.  Of course
Selina and her mother were full of the murder
  as all New York is.      I never knew any sensa-
tion (of the kind) to compare with it, in universa-
lity.                              Met Lotty walking with
a female companion in Bleecker Street one day
this week.        She asked my address saying she
wanted to call.        I gave it knowing she wouldn t.
  8.  Sunday.   Called at Bellew s in the
morning.    In doors the rest of the day.
  9.  Monday.  Down town.   Met Edge.   To  Cou-
rier  &  European  Offices &c.     Called at Jewell s
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Describes visiting the scene of the Burdell murder to do a sketch of Mrs. Cunningham for the ''Courier.''
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Brady, Matthew; Burdell, Harvey; Cunningham, Emma Augusta; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Leslie, Frank; Murder
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.