front one being almost exclusively occupied by women.
By the time the ceremony commenced there might
have been over two hundred persons present. I
with Bellew and Thompson ( Doesticks ) stood in
the rear room. I recognized little Edge and other
newspaperians, with some actors. Chapin s
address was, I think, somewhat of a repetition
of his former one as might well be nor so touching.
I thought much of the familiar room, and the
many little incidents connecting Levison with it
now the scene of his funeral. The prayer
ended, the folks flocked into the many carriages.
Haney who had been overwhelmed with grief had
to be assisted into one. There might have been
eight or ten vehicles destined to Greenwood it
being, also, arranged that the body of the dead
child should be interred at the same time.
Plenty of persons were anxious to go, so Bellew,
Doesticks and I stood looking on awhile, till
the close, when Doesticks entered a carriage (at
little Edge s solicitation,) Bellew went off for a
walk, and I returned to my chamber with Par-
ton, who had been with us for the last five minu-
tes or so. We talked an hour away, princi-
pally of Levison. ( Parton s apprehensive Haney
may propose to the widow.) Walt Whitman
has called on Parton, and appears shuffling. Par-
ton is going to sue for his $200.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and fifty-nine|
|Description:||Describes William Levison's funeral in his boarding house.|
|Subject:||Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Chapin, E.H.; Edge, Frederick; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Whitman, Walt|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|