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in mind and body, a reaction from a horrible fit of
despondency I fell into last night on quitting Bellew s.
Hannah s letter had affected me intensely.   Its love
and trustfulness inspired me with a sort of agonizing
tenderness and despairing impatience that I could not
have her   now   for my wife   that slow, wearying, heart-
aching months and years may have to grind on, before
  20.  Monay.  To Fowler and Wells  & Masons.
It will take  em two weeks or more to get the new
edition out.   Slow coaches!    Other calls, Frank Leslie s,
Picayune &c.    Haney, Bellew &  Doesticks.  (This
in the afternoon.  Writing all the morning.)   Wrote
to Hannah at night.
  21.  Tuesday.  Looked into the Sunday Times Office
to thank  em for their notices of my book.    Saw Howard
and Du Solle.   The Mrs Eller who did the Express
article wrote it under the belief that  Doesticks  was
the author!        To Picayune with article I had written
before going down town.  Accepted.     To Post-Office
&c.          Evening writing to Alf Waud, and anon in
Leslie s room, with him and Latto.          They ve wound
up matters at the store, closed it and Latto is going
to editorialize in a to-be paper   the Scottish Ameri-
can Journal.
  22.  Wednesday.   Mrs Andreotti came in, as I
sat after breakfast, reading in the parlor.     Her hus-
band has proved himself an infernal scoundrel.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and nine
Description:Mentions his wish that he and Hannah Bennett could be married soon.
Subject:Andreotti; Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Du Solle; Eller, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Howard; Latto; Leslie, William; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred
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.