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Island   the Pagoda, dined there, then back to
New York by 5  .   Hart supped with me, then,
together to hear Chapin preach.    Tired out.
  29.  Monday.  In doors.  Bellew came in the after-
noon, wants me to draw for him.   Dillon came in the
evening.   Together to Laura Keene s theatre where we found
Hart, Kelly and another.      Poor house, trashy pieces.   Met
 Doesticks  and another Tribune man subsequently.   All at  the
Bank  after the play was over.   Tom Johnson the actor
and Baker, leader of the band, there; the latter having
just had a bat n presented to him by the musicians.
  30.  Tuesday.  Miserable drizzly day.  Down town
to Canal St and Grocers Bank, then up town to 27th St.
Drawing with Bellew till 2.
  1.  Wednesday.    Hurrying about down town all the
ceaselessly rainy day, partly in company with Hart and
Dillon, with whom I dined in Wall Street
  2.  Thursday.  The same, with the exception of my
not having companions, Innumerable calls and continuous
rain.       Sat up doing chores in preparation for tomorrow s
journey till 1, and slept for half an hour during the
whole night or rather morning.
  3.  Friday.  In waterproof [unclear word]-percha coat and thigh
Boots, with carpet-bag, through the pouring rain, per om-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Describes going to see a play at Laura Keene's theater with Hart and Dillon Mapother.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Johnson, Tom; Kelly; Mapother, Dillon; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):27th Street; Canal Street; Wall Street
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.