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this affair, Hart promising to write to him when
their presence will be required.    The boarding-house,
a minutes  walk from Washington Street, was kept
by a chatty Englishwoman who had lived some years in
Australia and intended returning to it.              The Wauds
had the second floor back, I being inducted into the
front one, a closet for washing dividing us.     We sup-
ped in the basement, immediately on my arrival, with
some three or four boarders, and then ascended to
Alf s room.       He spake of various matters.   How
Falk (of Palenville)     had written to him offering to
waive payment of what was due if Waud would make
him a sketch of his farm; he Falk thinking it might
and his project of selling it.  Alf says he shan t
pay anything, or do anything.   Will, he says, loafs
as usual, goes to Boston environs, has female acquain-
tances, and drives about in buggys with a small girl
who wears her hair pulled back.               We talked
for an hour or two, not being particularly lively, 
and then, at Alf s suggestion went out for an oyster
stew, returning while it rained heavily.
  23.  Sunday.   With Alf to another boarding-
house and called on Hayes; and then to a third for
Will.      He being out of town, at some adjacent water-
ing place or suburban resort, all three strolled out,
took a drink in the insidious-Bostonian-round-the-
corner-fashion, went to the Common (which really is
something to believe in now) and then to a Bath,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Subject:Falk; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hayes (engraver); Jewell, Mary (Waud); Travel; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Washington Street
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.