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of electrotyping and stereotyping.      My book is almost
completely cast (electrotyped).                         Our house
is now almost untenanted of boarders, and under-
going internal repairs.     Mrs Gouverneur and lot
have taken flight up the Hudson.        Miss Church is
now Madame Andreotti, and resides with her hus-
band in St Mark s Place.     Only the Patten s remain
of the family boarders.     Our dinner is quite a select
meal, Mrs Potter, Patten, and myself constituting
the company.       Stone is in New York, getting
puffs in the papers for his Catskill lithograph,
and going on to get married.
  11.   Tuesday.     To the Masons.    My book will
be out in June.      To Radway s, the Picayune Office.
Met Arnold and Cahill.           (Both had breakfasted
at our house.)   Leslie back from Philadelphia.
  12. Wednesday.   Uptown, meeting Bellew at Madi-
son Square.     Down town together, to Pic office &c.
Drawing for Nic nax at night till 12.
  13.  Thursday.    A day of unceasing rain.  Drawing
for Bellew, who came up in the morning.      In-doors
all day.      Foster in my room at night.
  The  European  is defunct.   I called there yesterday,
and saw Patterson and the Colonel.          Russell has
sunk upwards of $8000 on it.
  14.  Friday.   Down town in the afternoon.
  15.  Saturday.  To Post-Office, Radway s, and
the Stereotypers in Beekman St.   In the evening
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-nine
Description:Mentions that his book will be published by the Masons in June.
Subject:Andreotti; Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); European.; Forbes, Hugh; Foster; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Paterson, Thomas; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing; Russell (proprietor); Stone, B.G.; Stone, B.G., Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beekman Street; Madison Square; St. Mark's Place
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.