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generous promises to her intimates, which she is
very chary of redeeming.     In order to get off
paying Miss Church a forfeit philo-pena, she promised
her a $100 wedding-dress; and exhibited great general
ship subsequently in never alluding to it.      She is
extraordinarily mean in minor matters.           I remem-
ber an instance of her asking Ellen Levison whether
she had not three cents, to pay for the child s ride
in a city car, when in company with the woman.
  I have let the whole of this month slip by unchron-
icled; being exclusively grossed on my book, which
is now almost completely in type.        It was not, how-
ever, until close-upon the last week that I obtained
the last five or six ^|cuts| from Bellew, which are now in
Andrew s hands, the compositors experiencing a tem-
porary delay in setting up the last two chapters in
consequence.    The detail of setting up was as follows.
After all sorts of writing to Andrew, stimulating Bel-
lew, calling on the Masons, and even telegraphing
to Boston, I had the satisfaction of conveying half
of the M.S. to a big iron building in Beekman St,
which I formerly visited when the  Humorous Poetry 
was being set up.        There I was put into communi-
cation with a Mr Mc Dougal, foreman to the estab-
lishment, he being not unlike a good-looking  copy
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's cheapness.
Subject:Andrew; Bellew, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; McDougal (foreman); Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beekman 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.