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had designated the  Ledger    of which Dyer is
literary foreman and bottle-washer  trash.      I
know the Tribune was right in both cases,
and  twas only its pluck and honesty the trio
objected to.         It was exquisite to hear
these self complacent asses assume behind-the-scenes
airs, and cock themselves up above men like the
Tribune corps.       Uriah Heep would be a less of-
fensive acquaintance than Dyer.         One s flesh crawls
to look at him.          How can Parton endure him?
knowing him as he does.                 To Spruce Street
wood-peckers & Picayune Office, where I found
Doesticks & Edge.        Walked up townwards with
the latter subsequently.           Drawing and writing
during the rest of the day.
  {11. Wednesday.       Over hauling P. N. Y. B. H. or
  12.  Thursday       drawing for Bellew.        At 27th
  13.  Friday{       Street sundry times.            Wrote
to Hannah.    Down town occasionally.
  14.  Saturday.   Down town to Post Office
&c.  Looked in at the  European  office.      Drawing
all day.              Met Wood, who spake of Sol s
last Sunday s drunkenness.
  15.  Sunday.   To Bellew s in the morning.
  16.  Monday.  Overhauling P. N. Y. B H.   At
Bellew s in the evening.
  17.  Tuesday .   Down town.    Writing &c.
Swinton called in the afternoon.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Gives his thoughts on Oliver Dyer.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Dyer, Oliver; Edge, Frederick; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Swinton, Alfred; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):27th Street; Spruce 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.