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  {26.  Thursday       Sickish, matagrabolized and
  27.  Friday}       nervous.    One of these days a
long ramble among Hoboken rocks, which did me
good.      I m too tired to put down  matters, but
have much to think of.      Pounden called.
  28.  Saturday.   Down town twice amid the blind-
ing, choking dust-simoan of this never cleansed city.
Saw Bellew in the afternoon, walked up-town with
him and young Jerrold.
  29.  Sunday.     To Bellews, then per car, down-
town and to Brooklyn, at Pounden s invitation.
Rawson Gill came over also.   A Mr and Mrs
Robert Bligh were present, he a good-humored
young Irishman, she a handsomish Irishwoman.   A
pleasant day; nice dinner, kindly folks, long
walk in the afternoon, cigars and a cheery glass
of rum and water.          Pounden s baby a trump  
didn t cry once all day.           He has taken a little
house, a block or so nearer to the ferry.
  30.   Monday.       Overhauling P. N. Y. B. H till
5, then a walk.          Work in the evening.
  31.  Tuesday.         A letter from Andrew.     To
Bellews, and down town with him by 1.    To Wells
and Webb, Pic Office &c, Masons , then up-
town.      An enclosure from Andrew containing all the
proofs of the remaining cuts   save mine, which Bellew
has yet to draw.           They look very well.    To
Weed s house in the evening.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy
Description:Mentions meeting Robert Bligh and his wife at Frank Pounden's house.
Subject:Andrew; Bellew, Frank; Bligh, Robert; Bligh, Robert, Mrs.; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jerrold; Pounden, Frank; Weed
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.