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  The report about Allie Vernon s lunacy   Mrs
Potter got it from Mrs Levison, who had it from her
husband   would seem false.      Sol Eytinge  keeps 
her, paying for her board at some establishment.
He designs leaving here   Mrs P supposes to com-
mence house keeping with his mistress.   Her child
is with her, also.                    Her former paramour and
Sol s precursor (by one or two)      Watson the long-
necked, vulturous looking engraver has been doing
a new villany, as I read in the papers.            Some
extraordinary um-physiognomical individual let him
collect $2000 for him   with which he made off
to Philadelphia.    After being arrested and put in
the Tombs he has got out.             This last I learn
from the Jewell girls.   Mrs Sexton s worthless dog of
a husband has been in the congenial employ of Watson.
And thus he has leant that Brainard got Knowledge
of Alf Waud s doings through Watson, who was
somehow privy to it   as an incredible number of
people are.                      Haney  Doesticks  and
Bellew want to buy out Mrs Levison in the
Picayune.    She is content to let Haney, only, have
a share.                        Nothing but wooing going on at
our Boarding-House just now.           Our spinster
Miss Church, cousin to the Martins, but at feud
with them, Kentucky born, piqueing herself on her
dignity, self-respect and refinement &c, age pro-
bably 35; this tall, conversable, demi-French   
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Regarding Miss Church's upcoming marriage to Andreotti.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Brainard; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Sexton, Francis C.; Sexton, Nelly; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John
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.