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[note at top of page] For future particulars about Magruder, see last page
of volume 19.
dance of the season, the inevitable  Lancers.   So they
played again, and yet again, the final dance coming
off on the ramparts, in an exceedingly picturesque
manner.      Here I saw the acknowledged belle of New-
port, a Mrs Duncan, wife to a New York dry-goods
merchant, and her not less handsome sister, owning
the same name, though claiming Natchez Miss. as her
birthplace and residence.     Returning   our Ancient Mariner
by the bye, in charge of the boat had got disgusted at our
delay and set off without us, so we had to avail our-
self of another and a smaller, wherein we presented
rather a jammed up spectacle   I went to hear Henry
Russell, who gave a concert in Ocean Hall   the top-
most story of the  Colony    where I heard the  Lancers 
being practiced every morning.                    Newport is a
 quaint, old-fashioned, quiet town  as Longfellow calls
it.       You won t see half a dozen brick houses in a mor-
nings walk   all white and wooden.        The town proper
lies by the waterside, in a declivity, the island sloping
upwards inland.        I liked strolling on the quiet wharfs,
looking at the glad bright sea.            Being introduced to a
Mr Hammond, editor of the Newport News, I loafed
away a morning in his office.       I half envy these country
editors.          Letters, one from my mother (forwarded
from Bleecker Street) another from Mapother, and one
from Alf Waud, in reply to one written to him.   The copy
of my P. N. Y. B. H arrived at Rodney Buildings, with a
demand of   1,, 16s postage!              Dillon s tells of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Subject:Duncan; Duncan, Mrs.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hammond; Magruder, John B.; Mapother, Dillon; Russell, Henry; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):Newport, [Rhode Island]
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.