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ger of being drowned, which provoked considerable ex-
pressions of anger on the part of his owner.           He pro-
nounced it  a d____d mean act for a gentleman to do, 
and asked whether Waud wouldn t like to throw one
of his children in!       Alf, however, got the dog out,
which quieted his proprietor.   (I put this down as it is
very characteristic of Waud.)      We all entered the boat
and fished for a couple of hours.       Alf caught one pick-
erel   a pretty big one   and I an infernal cold, as the
evening fell chilly, I had no vest, a thin loose coat,
straw hat and white pants.      The little pond looked very
lovely though.   Back by cars, all savagely hungry.  Rump
steak and onions to repletion at restaurant, then to our
boarding house.     One tired-out game at whist and to bed.
  23.  Tuesday.   Hither and thither with Waud; to
a picture shop and the newspaper office of Shilliber   whom
we didn t see.   Dropped in at Damoreaus twice or thrice
to say good bye, but missed him.     Back to dinner, and
packing up &c during the afternoon.         Alf and  Mary 
walked with me to the railroad dep t.           I felt an un-
easy yearning at parting with them, thinking of old times,
and how I used to like and believe in Alf.               Into cars
and a reverie as the sun was setting.       Thinking of
my hopes and expectations when I first came to Boston
in 1850, of all that had occurred since then, and of
Chacombe and Hannah.      Fall River.     Aboard the
boat, out into the Sound, supper, watching the stars
and sea till midnight, and then to bed.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Date:1857-08-24
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[Boston, Massachusetts]
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.