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being absent down-town for the whole day.     He works
very rapidly, and does very much.          I like him.
He is the truest gentleman I have ever encountered.
And I could praise him discriminatingly,   were
I not very weary.     My health is shaken again,
and not a sun sets by on my deep, sad, dull,
heart aching despondency.               A letter from
Hannah   God bless her.      And one from Dil-
lon Mapother speaking of his success in life and
asking why I don t write.                From the
Jewell s I learn Waud makes $10 a day now.
Too busy to answer any letters I trow.
  8.  Sunday.   To Bellews in the morning
and returned to Bleecker Street with him.
Kelly and, afterwards, little Edge called in the
afternoon, the latter telling me how he had been
in the basement, where the fellows (Eytinge
and Cahill) had drunk up a quart of gin that
morning and Sol was perfectly insensible.   Little
Edge has got married to his Alsacian-milliner-
mistress and talks of nothing but his position
on the Herald and what he s going to be.
  Haney and  Doesticks  are planning to buy
out the Picayune from Mrs Levison. (She, bye
the bye, has left this house for the congenial
home of the M Geary s.    They keep a boarding-
house, and Levison detested them.    Mrs L has,
also, disposed of most of her furniture to Mrs
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Mentions his respect for Frank Bellew and that Jesse Haney and Mort Thomson are planning to purchase the ''New York Picayune'' from Mrs. Levison.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Cahill, Frank; Edge, Frederick; Edge, Frederick, Mrs.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kelly; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Mapother, Dillon; New York picayune.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.