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ratively new-comers.  The mother is a good humored
elderly widow who has a house at Hudson, but
prefers New York during the winter months.   The
girl is young, has delicate health, is extremely short-
sighted, of a slim fragile figure, but possesses a
pleasant and intelligent face.     She has read more
than any girl I ever met, and very promiscuously.
(I don t know that she s disgested any of it.)    At
present a sentimental flirtation is in progress bet-
ween her and the tall Scotchman, Leslie.     He is
very far gone, and would, I believe, commit himself
irretrievably but for a wholesomely practical ap-
prehension of her feebleness of constitution.    They
have hour-and-a half tete-  tetes in the morning,
(being both late breakfasters) and sit together all
the evenings.      He has esquired her to the theatre,
and supplementary supper.
 {From 24, Tuesday, to.      Sickness, scribbling.
  28  Saturday, closing}       goings bitter and
the Mouth.   Thither, callings down and uptown.
Received a letter from my mother and Rosa
and replied to both.        Much revision of book
and occasional ragings at absence of all intelli-
gence about cuts from Boston.        Things
going on much as usual in the house.    Mrs
Levison has her younger sister staying with
her, projects selling off furniture and flitting,
first to her natal Philadelphia.            Haney,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Regarding Mrs. and Miss Brooks, new boarders at his boarding house.
Subject:Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William
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.