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 tea  prove a bad investment. /       I have heard her say
that she d rather have her brother in law die than
get married   as he ought to leave his property to May.
Which little beast, on her entrance to day in the front
parlor immediately inquired  What kind of pie have
you got for dinner, Mrs Potter? 
  3.  Wednesday.   Drawing awhile, then down
town to Radways. After wasting two hours and
a half, hither and thither, got a check for $20.
Came home to a clammy dinner splenetic and sulky.
(Ought to have got $50 or $70.)        To Bellew s
in the evening with Cahill.       Slow time.   Rain and
cars.        In Leslie s room with him and Foster.
The former half drunk (and talking of the Almighty.)
  4.  Thursday.  Drawing till 4.      Then
down town.     To the Picayune Office.   Haney &
Cahill both there and, presently, Arnold.     Gaylor
came in with a note which he gave to Haney.    (It in-
timated that Mrs Levison had, to-day, made the
paper over to him, Gaylor.     He pays nothing, but pro-
mises to pay her an income, out of proceeds.    She will
lose all, like a fool as she is.           Poor old Levison!
How hard you worked for this asinine result!       So
much for distrust and suspicion, and short-sighted
greed!)           All out to have lager.      To Bleecker
en triumvirate.         Drawing at night.  Finished cuts
(33) to story.         I began  em on Friday.    Writing.
  5.  Friday.   Down town, with Leslie, to his
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Mentions that Mrs. Levison has sold the ''New York Picayune'' to Charles Gayler for an income.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Children; Foster; Gayler, Charles; Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New York picayune.; Potter, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing
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.