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Easton s beach, and had a bathe.    Back, and to
dinner at 3.  Ladies in full dress, everything very
stylish, promenade after dinner while the band play-
ed.     Round to the other hotels in the evening, and to
a gambling hell, with Helmsm ller.       Faro and roulette,
perhaps half a dozen players.
  {11.  Thursday to       Newport is, unquestionably, the most
  21  Friday}       fashionable of American watering-
places.   I am reminded by it of the description one reads
in the novelists of the last century of British spas   of
the Bath of the days of  Humphrey Clinker.   Dancing,
dressing, gossip, talk of the  good  company &c, drinking
and spending money.    The routine here is as follows.
You bathe, or go to see the ladies bathe in the morning.
Easton s beach is a spacious cove or bay of the smoothest
and softest sand, with the jolliest rolls of Atlantic
surf tumbling in, and a long row of sentry boxes to
dress in.       At noon a red flag intimates permission to
go in sans costume.            Then there are rambles about
the cliffs, anon dinner   a good hour s business   pro-
menade, and at night  a Hop , at one or other of
the hotels.    The season is now at its height, though
complained of as being less brilliant than past ones.      I
find some acquaintances here.   Brady the daguerrotypist
and Russell (of the  European ), the latter with his wife
and daughter.    They came on the same night as I did.
Walking on the piazza one evening in front of the hotel
Russell told me a good deal about Colonel Forbes; from
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Date:1857-08-10
Subject:Brady, Matthew; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Helmsmuller; Russell (proprietor); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Newport, [Rhode Island]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.