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room adjoining the Levison s sitting apartment,
(in which were Mrs L and a female friend.
She was perfectly calm and collected.)  M ller
is a good-humored, egotistic little German, who
talked of his  Minstrel s Curse  group (from Uhland)
reached at this country and talked about Kiss,
the sculptor,     Horace Vernet, Johann t &c as
charlatans and mountebanks.                Down town.
To  European  &  Picayune  Offices, finding
Paterson and Andre at the former and Haney
at the latter. (It struck one sadly to see Levison s
desk unoccupied.)    Haney in black and unwanted
droppers in.        To Post Office and the wood peckers in
Spruce Street.        All talking kindly of Levison.
  Of course it is the topic at our house.       Mrs L
has hitherto been accompanied by a Miss M Geary,
a drawling inane faced girl.           The mother and
a younger sister came on from Philadelphia this
afternoon.     The latter you would call a good-looking
girl if her mother didn t sit beside her and in-
voluntarily suggest what she will be.
  22. Sunday.    A lovely spring day, the sky
blue overhead, the sun shining and the air soft and
sweet.       A walk through Washington Square and
up the Fifth Avenue, (meeting the church-goers)
to Bellews.     There till 1 1/2, when he returned
with me to Bleecker Street, to the funeral.
Both parlors were rapidly filling with people, the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Regarding German sculptor Muller coming to take a cast of William Levison's face.
Subject:Andre; Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; McGeary, Miss; Muller; Paterson, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Fifth Avenue; Spruce Street; Washington Square
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.