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which it appeared that he, Russell, had almost entirely
kept Forbes during his residence in this country, paying
his board, debts &c.      Forbes demanded (and obtained)
pay for something like a couple of months after the death
of the European, and, in fact, according to Russell s
account, used him as a milch-cow; finally breaking
with him because he wouldn t advance money to reprint
the Colonel s book in Kansas!!      He s supposed to be there
now.)        On Mondays and Thursday everybody goes over
to Fort Adams to hear the band play.            I went in a
sail boat in company with Helmsm ller and the Germa-
mans   a very jolly party.     Newport looked pretty in the
bright summer s afternoon.        Arriving we found a pic-
nic party from the  Fillmore  house.      They were dancing
in one of the crypts of the fortifications, a band playing
in the next, and very merrily the daintily shod feet of
the ladies tripped over the iron curves of the floor, which
whilome supported the grim gun carriages.     In another
crypt was a goodly display of champagne and edibles.
Our band played on a platform in the centre of the es-
planade (Helmsm ller doing drum and cymbals!) and
kept at it till sunset; during which time I strolled
round the ramparts, or watched the dancers or equestrians.
A splendid green turf accommodated the latter, around
which the numerous carriages drove slowly.   Finally
when they began to file off, our band, after serenading
Col. Magruder outside his quarters were for doing the
same. But no   the ladies wanted one more dance   the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Date:1857-08-21
Subject:European.; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Magruder, John B.; Publishers and publishing; 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.