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nearly a week.      They advertise but fizzingly, yet
have done one decent thing   had 1000 paper fom s
made, containing title, specimen cuts, chapters of
contents &c of the P. N. B. H, for distribution in
the railroad cars.          I have received more complimen-
tary notices.         I have written letters to home, Bout-
her, Dick Bolton & Foster.       Weather alternately
hot and rainy.         Busy, idle, drawing some,   for Pica-
yune, Nic-nax and Leslie   writing more, very
lonely, sometimes sickish, and generally matagrabo-
lized and despondent.        Had a frightful relapse into 
nervous horrors one day and night.
			August.
  1 to 8.  Both Saturdays.     Much as heretofore.
Pierce, Mrs Books  son has again become a boarder
here.   Mrs Gouverneur has shown once or twice, never
for more than a day or two.          Haney is out of town
for a two days holiday, to Nyack, where the Edwards
girls are staying at a Mr Russells.               Parton
is reported to be within a week or two of the completion
of his life of Aaron Burr and another book of Fanny
Fern s is advertised.       Waud writes of that allways
to-be-effected trip west-wards.     Will is at Cohasset
(and owes him $50.)       Sol Eytinge still lives with
 Allie  and co. in Bond St Brooklyn.         Haney is
about to return to the editorship of the Picayune /
Doesticks resigning.     Mrs Levison   whom I ve
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Mentions that Jesse Haney is now editing the ''New York Picayune'' because Mort Thomson has resigned.
Date:1857-07-31
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bolton, Richard; Boutcher, William; Brooks, Mrs.; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Foster; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Levison, William, Mrs.; Mason Brothers (New York, N.Y.); New York picayune.; Parton, James; Pierce; Publishers and publishing; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.