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we talked about books, Foster left at his wife s sum-
mons and I  squired Miss Mary Foster home an hour
later.
  8.  Wednesday.  Over to Hudson, as promised.  Lear-
ning from Mrs Brooks that Nina had with a lady-
friend taken a walk to the Cemetery I went thither.  It
is on rising ground, and overlooks the city.   Found the girls
sitting on a bench among the flowers and leaves.    The
friend was a Miss Isabel Jacot, a New Yorker.    A
girl of 17, so well developed as to look older, with a
pleasant face, good sense and home ways about her,
and, as far as I could judge, no affectations.       Sat and
talked and strolled about the cemetery grounds, then
back to the house.    It is a brick one, painted of a
sober brown, standing modestly back from the street line,
approached by a little garden, which also runs along one
side (where it is overlooked by a stoop) and expands in
the rear.       A spacious, scrupulously ordered old-lady s
house, wonderfully clean, possessing a great number of
Chinese curiosities in the parlors.  (One of Mrs B s sons
went, before the mast, to China.)        We dined, very nicely,
in the basement.         Talked with the girls, read, dozed
&c all the hot afternoon.          All   including the old lady
  took a walk to a sort of esplanade overlooking the
river, in the evening.   I walked sometimes with both the
girls, sometimes with Nina.       Back by 9, and to sleep
in   oh! such a home-like little room!
9.	Thursday.   With the two girls for   to them   a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and three
Description:Describes a visit to the Brooks family in Hudson.
Date:1857-07-07
Subject:Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Foster; Foster, Mary; Foster, Tilly; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacot, Isabel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Hudson, [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.