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him into his Philadelphienne affair.  Lord what fools
we mortals be! 
  14.  Sunday.  Loafing in Washington Square with
Cahill in the morning.  To Bellews at night.    Cahill
is sick and has to keep his room in future.
  15.  Monday.  An unmarried younger sister of new
landlady appears at table and a pleasant faced, nice
looking girl, a friend of hers   both from Niagara.
/      Writing.     Haney s off the Picayune now.
  16.  Tuesday.      To Bellews, then took cars down
town, got checque cashed at Grocer s Bank, to Picayune
and up town with Haney to dinner, calling in at  Howa-
dji  Curtis  to get $25 payment for cuts of Swinton s,
sent to me, per Belew to dispose of.    Haney & Cahill
playing chess in the room of the former most of the after-
noon.    Bellew came, with news of down town excitement.
Mayor Wood resisting the law, attempts to arrest him,
municipal police attacked by his police, military ordered
out, park in an uproar.             Rained dismally at night.
  17.  Wednesday.   A note from the Masons.    Went
there.   Talk of the cover title of my book.     Almost a
dispute with  Dan .        They d got a hideous design for
the back, with an entirely different title running this
 BOARDINc   then wretched little Noah s Ark houses  
as a sort of rebus,  illustrated with Pen and Pencil. 
This later venerable alliteration in highly ornate, carver and
gilder style   just the thing a spinster would think very
fine.        I expressed my sentiments about it, where-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-two
Description:Mentions Mayor of New York Fernando Wood's clashes with police.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Cooper, Lucia; Curtis, George William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Mason, Dan; New York picayune.; Police; Publishers and publishing; Swinton, Alfred; Wood, Fernando
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
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.