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Scrubbing, rushing hither and thither and doing all
sorts of things.        Visited the Edwardses one night
and Mrs Andreotti, now removed to another boarding-
house, same street.    Her husband is yet in Boston.
Leslie   our Scotchman   absent in Jersey awhile has
returned to Bleecker Street.       During the past week
he got a letter from Miss Brooks (!)   Now while I was
at Hudson he was inquired after, of course.  We thought
we should have received a visit from Mr Leslie,  said
Mrs B.         They knew all about his movements, his
going to Philadelphia, to Elmira &c   clearly through
Foster.     I, without assertin it, allowed it to be suppo-
sed that I supposed Leslie was to busy to come   which
they appeared to assent to.    In fact it as a comfortable
bit of hypocrisy on both sides.   Whether theyre not getting
any positive information out of me, prompted the little
girl to the act of writing I don t know.         But she has
written, and a pretty shrewd cleverish letter it is for little
Missy to get off.     She reminds him of his promise to
come,  thanks him (a little overmuch) for his kindness
and attention to her, specifying the two visits to the
theatres, hopes that he will put down her acts and speech
  italicized   to the score of ignorance of the world &c &c,
wants to know whether he wishes to cut the acquain-
tance, and winds up with  your friend if you wish
it.    The note is queerly written, the caligraphy slanting
backwards, and full of  Now, Mr Leslie s.     There
is also a postscript   of course   in which she hopes
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and seven
Description:Describes a letter written from Nina Brooks to William Leslie, asking him why he has not visited her in Hudson.
Subject:Andreotti; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Foster; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.