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of Hardin Andrews, whom I once knew.      In due time
  that is to say after a day or two s additional delay
  I got  proofs , which for the past three weeks
a boy has brought regularly to Bleecker St, at sun-
set, receiving them, revised and corrected on the
following morning.     Hence my whole time has been
spent, diurnally, in overhauling what M. S. remained
in my hands, adding to it, and, in many instances,
almost entirely re-writing it   and, nocturnally,
in correcting proofs.      But oh! the work implied in
the last!   The writing two, four, ten, thirteen addi-
tional lines to get a cut in, or over on another page,
the knocking out lines for a similar purpose.     The
afflictions connected with tail pieces!   The persistency
  of printers in knocking out capital letters, and my
parenthesises!          I have not been out o doors one
evening, save on a Sunday, (when I visited the
Edwards  for the first time since the sickness of
Levison s child)   being at revising till 11 or 12;
and of late generally winding up in Leslie s room
over a toddy.           During this time I ve had to
trench a capital in bank, which I ve reduced to
$ 100.      I have worked very hard on this book,
and don t know that I can better it by one word.
  Now to matters in general.     Our house is com,
paratively, empty.   The Brooks  have returned to
Hudson, with one exception, that of Foster, the husband
of the eldest daughter.         He is a clerk in a dry-goods
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Regarding the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Date:1857-04-30
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Foster; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Levison, Ellen; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.