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up and down town.  Got a note from W. Conworth,
(in answer to one I sent him) containing Dick Bolton s
address, and wrote to him.       One evening at St Mark s
Place visiting the Andreotti s.  Introduced to an excee-
dingly plump, vivacious and free and easy Miss Levi,
who sang brilliantly.      At the Masons and saw Dan,
the minor, Lowel being travelling out West.   The mi-
nor was dogmatic on the question of how the cuts looked
when printed, insisting   not that black was white   but that
gray was black.         Printers have a weakness that way
in relation to wood cuts.            Met Kelly who spake of Dil-
lon and Hart s expressed intention of being in New York
before this.     Two days of lovely weather, dampish towards
nightfall.           Got $15 more from Radway.      A row
between Foster and Leslie growing out of  prrrrsonalities 
on the part of the latter, and merging subsequently into 
a talk about Miss Brooks.        Foster, in pursuance
of his r le of brother in law in future had on the
previous night been expressing his surprise to Leslie
that he didn t write to  Nina , she was always inqui-
ring why he didn t come to Hudson &c.        Now the
longitudinal Scotchman returned from Philadelphia
with the miniature of a [words crossed out]
[words crossed out] girl in his pocket, which he brought up into
my room one night, and kissed.     He was half in
earnest and slightly drunk.    On the next day he
showed me an idiotic and clumsily worded letter of his
composition, which he had given the girl before her
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Regarding Foster's argument with William Leslie over his not writing to Nina Brooks.
Subject:Andreotti; Bolton, Richard; Brooks, Nina; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Conworth, William; Farr, Bella; Foster; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kelly; Leslie, William; Mapother, Dillon; Mason, Dan; Mason, Lowell
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.