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assisted by Cahill conducts the paper.    Poor
old Levison s memory already speeding post-haste
to oblivion.    So anxious about his poor paper,
too, as the man was, that each day s detail
life brings him prominently before me.      The
folks chatter and tattle at table as usual,
and each day rubs on.   Well they re right,
perhaps.   Eat and drink for to-morrow you
die!    and people forget you.      Haney is very
busy, projects a new office in May &c.  Mrs
Levison misses her dead husband s squiring her
to theatres, his ready purse, and patience
and kindness   and that s all.            God grant
I may have somebody to love me when I die!
  1.  Sunday.   To Bellew s, morning
and evening.    Made an agreement to come and
work for him, for $ 15 weekly, commencing
  2.  Monday.   A violent snow-storm, being
a relapse into that of January.       At Bellew s
all day till 6, drawing, with a sick headache.
He at work also.    Two other persons present.
One Whelpley ex-editor of Democratic Review,
and literary man.      He has just returned from
nine Nicaraguan mouths, and denounces Walker
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Regarding the aftermath of William Levison's death in his boarding house.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Walker, William; Whelpley
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.