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in the evening, and at Edwardses.
  10.  Tuesday.    Down town in the morning.
Writing in the afternoon.
  Sick in mind and body all this last week.
  11.  Wednesday.   To the  Courier  Office in the
  12.  Thursday.   Called at Bellew s.
Levison is so sick, now, that Haney and others
fear he will not survive.       He lies on a sofa-bed
propped up by pillows into a sitting position, his
limbs painfully swollen, and the dropsy has reached
his chest.      When he dozes   being exceedingly in
want of sleep   his head declines forwards, unless
sustained.      Martin has visited and prayed
with him, Chapin being out of town.
  13.  Friday.   In doors till evening, writing.
Then to Bellew s.
  14.  Saturday.   Down town calls.   Met
Welden and others.
  15. Sunday.   In the afternoon crossed to
Brooklyn, and, after a muddy walk, to Parton s,
meeting the folks on their threshold.   All as usual,
Parton enthusiastic about human nature and interested
in his book, Fanny chatty and the girls handsome.
Was told how Walt Whitman has borrowed $300 
of Parton and failed to meet his note for it.    The
money was lent with especial understanding that it was
to be refunded at a certain date   since which some-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Regarding William Levison's worsening illness, and Walt Whitman's failure to pay back a loan from James Parton.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Chapin, E.H.; Diseases; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Levison, William; Martin, Professor; Parton, James; Welden, Charles; Whitman, Walt
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.