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praising it and talking enviously   as it seemed   of the
probable profits.
  {13.  Monday to       I don t like New York any the better
  17.  Friday.}       for my past week of country pleasure.
It s blazing hot weather, and evil odors abound.    Down
town each morning to attend to miscellaneous matters.
The book goes well, and the Masons are printing a second
edition.       Had a row with Dan Mason again   about their
Websterizing my English. (They had all the electrotype plates
altered, words punched out in order to effect  theater ,
 rickety  &c   which, I am glad to know, must have cost
them something.     Their reason is, of course, that they publish
Webster s Dictionary.)          Dan is, without exaggeration, a
most insufferable arrogant beast, and seems to try riding
the high-horse over every body.    Most of the papers have
noticed the book very favorably   nearly all the weekly
ones extracting chapters.      Only two have (as yet) pit-
ched into it, the  Express and  Albion .     The former vili-
fication was written by a Mrs Eller   who once produced
a trashy play yclept the  Slave Actress  which Doesticks
pitched into and damned by a burlesque account in the
Tribune.    It was played but one, or two nights.   Hence the
lady   conceiving that I belong to the Picayune   walked
into my book and the paper over my shoulders.       I rather
relish it and didn t feel a grain of annoyance on its peru-
sal.     The Albion dispraise is trite.        Frank Leslie
wants me to write him an article, weekly, to be illus-
trated by Howard.      Did him one on Tuesday night.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and six
Description:Regarding the success of his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.''
Subject:Eller, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Howard; Journalism; Leslie, Frank; Mason Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Mason, Dan; Publishers and publishing; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):New York, [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.