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despair and outcries and drunkenness.     It is
as though when the King of Terrors came they all
threw themselves prostrate, yelling with insane
grief and terror.                                    I would be
sorry to pass harsh judgment, and I am sure
Haney feels Levison s death deeply.    But on Friday
night, at the supper table, he, Sol Eytinge
and Cahill were laughing and cutting jokes.  And
Levison lay stark and cold upstairs!
  It might be the result of overstrained feeling   re-
action.   But I did not think so at the time.     At
the funeral, when at Greenwood, Haney had to
be carried by two men back to the carriage, his
violent grief had so un-manned him.     Doesticks
took him home with him to dinner.     Mrs
Levison didn t shed a tear.      Cahill, who told this
on his return, said he  would have preferred seeing
her give way to the wildest expressions of &c &c 
 it was the silent grief that kills.            Bah!  What
a deal of hypocrisy goes to make up every matter
of importance in life.       Of course it s correct to
believe in this huge unspoken sorrow   which we don t
see   it would be brutal to do otherwise!        But
how if it don t exist?     If the woman have no love
in her heart?                  As I stood by Bellew
amid the crowd of spectators, one of them whis-
pered to me  It ll be long before we get another
as good as him.     What answer could I make
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Regarding the reactions of Jesse Haney and Mrs. Levison to William Levison's death.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.