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by making the observation.
  18.  Thursday to 20. Saturday.  Non mi re-
cordo.
  21.  Sunday.  With Haney to Partons, he and his wife
having returned from a visit to Philadelphia, both in high
spirits.         Grace and Miss J. up the river at Idlewild.
Stayed to diner, then, leaving Haney with them, to
Pounden s as invited.    Rawson there, and presently
W. Bligh and wife.       All to the christening of Poun-
den s child, and back to dinner.         Returned at
night to Bleecker, in company with Rawson.
  22.  Monday.  Scribbling.
  {23.  Tuesday to       Going into Masons found copies
  26.  Friday.}       of my book on counter.         All these
four days hither and thither taking copies to people,
sans intermission.  Frank Leslie, the Picayune and
Life Illustrated offer illustrated reviews, the cuts to
be selected from the volume.   Haney volunteers a gratui-
tous advertisement on the cover of Nic-Nax, Arnold
will do the reviewing in the Sunday Mercury &c.
Dixon promises an article in the Scalpel,  Fanny
Fern  one in the Ledger (Bonner proffered a notice
to me some weeks ago   worth about $ 100, at least.)
Altogether the goodwill and kindness of people is amazing.
The Masons, of course, take everything coolly, are greedy
for more, yet never say  well done!       Not one of all
these notices could they have got, do what they might.
They pocket 90 to my 10   yet haven t wit enough to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-five
Description:Regarding the advertising and reviews promised by his friends for his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Date:1857-06-17
Subject:Arnold, George; Bligh, Robert; Blight, Robert, Mrs.; Bonner, Robert; Dixon, Dr.; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Leslie, Frank; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.