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him   Dyer.       A very pleasant day.   Left at sun-
set, walked to Pounden s, tried the door, retur-
ned to New York, talked an hour or so with Mrs An-
dreotti, and Miss Griffin, ascended to attic and wrote
two articles for Picayune.
  10. Monday.  Non mi recordo.   Hither and thither.
  11.  Tuesday.  Wrote letters to Dick Bolton, Foster,
&c.   On Tuesday afternoon set off for Newport. R. I.
to write and sketch for Leslie s  Illustrated.     Embarked
at 6, lovely afternoon.  Crowded boat, horrible headache,
got acquainted with young Bostonian, supped, and very
soon to bed or rather berth.      Rose at midnight and
went on deck.    Newport by 2.   Long pier, hack drivers
&c, bowling through quiet streets to Ocean House   the
crack hotel of the place.       Assigned a room in the  colony 
and to bed.
  12.  Wednesday.  Breakfast in big room capable
of accommodating five or six hundred persons, with waiters
in proportion.  Delivered introductory letters to Weaver
the proprietor and Ormsbee the book-keeper, and was intro-
duced by the former to a Mr Helmsm ller.   He is
one of the Germanians, a musical composer, plays on
all sorts of instruments, takes tickets at the  hops, 
and is, in short a musical fac-tatem.    He had travel-
led with Barnum, Jenny Lind and Frank Leslie.   Went
with him to the residence of a Mr Wetmore who had been
giving a great fete champetre to Peabody at which some
3000 guests were present.    Over the house.      Alone to
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Subject:Barnum, P.T.; Bolton, Richard; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Foster; Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Griffin, Weighty (Davis); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Helmsmuller; Leslie, Frank; Lind, Jenny; Ormsbee; Pounden, Frank; Travel; Weaver; Wetmore
Coverage (City/State):Newport, Rhode Island; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Ocean House
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.