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a straw-paper factory.     A dam above the former stret-
ching across a broad portion of the river looks very pictu-
resque, the fall of water shining in the sun light like
a broad band of burnished steel.      Farther down the banks
became precipitous and woody.     The family had dined,
so we sat down to a rere-dinner.       Ten Broeck is a 
middle-sized, acquiline nosed, hearty-looking man of about
thirty, with a healthy sun-reddened face   one of the frankest
and jolliest of fellows.         His wife resembles her sister
 Tilly  (Mrs Foster.)      They ve two children, a boy who pad-
dles about country fashion sans shoes or socks and a
curly red-haired, sharp looking little girl, who has lost the
sight of one eye.        Two lady visitors were staying in the
house.      One a rather good-looking, wilfullish Schenectady
girl hight Mary Livingston Sanders, a cousin of Ten Broeck,
the other a very young amiable faced girl from Hudson, 
named Van Dusen.      Ate, dozed, washed, rambled about,
visited the stocking factory, talked with the girls, smoked
cigars, took drinks and had a generally jolly time of
it; at night sitting out on the stoop singing songs, all
together.    And went to bed overhappy, hearing the
green leaves rustling at my open window.     Kind people!
good people!  God bless you!
  5.  Sunday.  Up early and off for a ten mile ride
with Ten Broeck, calling for one Broeckius Livingston by
the way.      He was a sturdy, bearded, elderly man, some-
thing of a character; had a farm and two old maiden
sisters.     A lovely ride through the fresh sunny morning,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred
Description:Describes a visit to Ten Broeck and his family.
Subject:Broeck, Ten; Broeck, Ten, Mrs.; Foster, Tilly; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livingston, Broeckius; Sanders, Mary Livingston; Travel; Van Dusen
Coverage (City/State):[Hudson, 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.