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upon Dan, who has always appeared brusque and
sulky to me, came out with  If you use  Physiology 
you ll kill the book dead as a nail!   I woudn t give
a cent for my share in it!  with much more, as
rudely expressed as might be.   Whereon I thought it
time to assert myself and did so successfully.  Well! 
he went on  I ve no interest in it! won t and see Lowell. 
I suggested that as the book had been accepted, and pub-
lished by the firm at the expense of some hundreds of
dollars, I should have supposed that he had some in-
terest in it.     At all events I confessed I had, and con
siderable.     I hoped I understood the respect that was
due from author to publisher, but I was also perfectly
alive to the amount of labor I had put into the book
and chose to hold to my opinion and assert my own
rights.        This brought him down a little.  Want and
see Lowell!        I didn t choose to wait, preferring
to call in on my return up town, when we had a
civil discussion of the matter, and on a second visit
  for I wanted to take Bellew s council, and went
again to the Pic Office (seeing him and Thompson)
  the matter was amicably settled, by the adoption of
the simple title  N. Y. Boarding Houses  in plain
Queen Annish type.    Infinitely better than pictorial
printerisms.        /        Went into Brady s on going down
town on seeing an announcement that he had got a
photograph of Walker the Nicaraguan  man of destiny. 
Walked to the end of Brady s big  gallery  where I saw
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Regarding an argument with one of the publishers of his book, Dan Mason, over the cover and the title of ''Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Date:1857-06-17
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Brady, Matthew; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mason, Dan; Mason, Lowell; Publishers and publishing; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Walker, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.