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exists no danger under that denomination.     She has left
Bleecker Street and is married to her Italian admirer.
There are only Haney and myself occupants on the
attic floor of this house, now.    Mrs G and her
family, (two children and servant) who all pigged
in the opposite attic, have descended to the vacant
Levisonian rooms, which they design quitting, shortly,
for the country.             Mrs Patten is in high spirits
but poor health.     Her hippopotamus has got his ap-
pointment as Port Warden; and goes to his duties
every day.              Mrs Levison resides in New
York still, and has advertised the Picayune (not
naming it) for sale.      Haney, Thompson and Bel-
lew made her the offer of $5000 for it, $1000 or
$2000 to be paid down, the rest year by year.   She
was dissatisfied with this, principally in consequence
of an extreme prejudice she has formed against Thomp-
son, which she adheres to with thoroughly feminine
obstinacy.       She does not visit any more at this
house, having been cut by Mrs Potter,  Mrs
L had sold her furniture to Mrs P on the under-
standing that the latter might pay for it when conve-
nient, but she subsequently sold it again to the Mc
Geary s.   Mrs P said little till it was carted off
and then spoke her mind.    Mrs L cried and there
was a general to do.             Eytinge and Cahill still
occupy the basement.        To my surprise Banks
has called upon me, and wanted to be friendly.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Regarding the movement of people within and out of his boarding house.
Subject:Andreotti; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eytinge, Solomon; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William, Mrs.; New York picayune.; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.