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and  Doesticks  have offered $3000 cash, for
it) Bellew s father in law will advance him the
money) which has been accepted, yet it is by no
means unlikely that Mrs L s short sighted acquisitive-
ness may induce her to snap the bargain in favor of
an offer of Gaylor s   who proposes to take the paper
and give her an income from the proceeds.  Now in
all earthly probability he d kill the paper in six months,  
being but an incompetent scissorist and Editor of that
immensely stupid  Yankee Notions   and she lose the
chance of getting any money, but  twould be very like
the woman to do it.    Having no faith in good, she thinks
everybody actuated by the meanest and most selfish of
motives, and despite vociferous protestations of esteem
for and trust in Haney secretly fancies he favors
Thomson & Bellew to [word crossed out] her disadvantage.    When
all the fellows were very generously and kindly dispos-
ed to her, for the sake of poor Levison.         But she,
with characteristic narrowness of mind will, perhaps,
risk losing all to gain more.               I should be sorry
for it   not for her sake   but that of her dead hus-
band.   The man s kindliness ought to be carried to
her account.    He wouldn t have liked to think of her
being any way straitened, after his death.        She retains
her half of  Nic-nax , now growing a good property.
Haney devotes himself, exclusively, to it;     Cahill,
probably, rising to his position in the Pic   if Bellew
and Thompson buy it.               Cahill is my neighbor,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Regarding Mrs. Levison's options for selling the ''New York Picayune.''
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New York picayune.; Nic nax.; Publishers and publishing; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.