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sort of patron of Latto, a Scotchman educated for the
Church, who writes Burns-and-water songs, sends  em
to Sunday newspapers, and keeps the retail grocery
store   a speculation of Leslie s   in this street.      They
are going to close it shortly, as it only pays expenses,
and in consequence of the former owners having represented (so
Leslie says)  that there was a better trade than Latto
inherited, he Leslie, intends to hold possession of the
place on lease, not paying for it, or something of the
sort.     Latto has nothing, Leslie is behind the scenes and
holds the property, and confidently calculates that the
men can t litigate to the extent of his purse, and that they
will be ruined!      He went into details about it, to me, one
night, with a fellness of purpose, dreadfully illustrative
of what a Mammonite will do, when he fancies his purse
has been touched.     Withal he is a good son and sends
money to his mother and sister   taking it out in talking
of it, though.         He has extraordinary conceit as to his
powers of fascinating women, having, I suppose, received
considerable koo-tooing from young ladies who knew his
position in life.          He is a firm believer in the Herald
and gets all his political sentiments from that stin-
kingst of journals.     Such a man is hardly calculated
to make the gentlest of husbands, wherefore I fancy little
Nina Brooks is well rid of him.          His approbativenesses
And  young man nishness led him into the philandera-
tion; his Scotch caution bade him back out, and
his love of money and, again, approbativeness plumped
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Describes William Leslie, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Brooks, Nina; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Latto; Leslie, Miss; Leslie, Mrs. (Scotland); Leslie, William; New York herald.
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.