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  26. Wednesday.  New York again, and glad to see
it.        Omnibus to Bleecker, folks at breakfast.    Fed,
washed, did chores &c, down town.   Masons, Picayune
& Post Offices, and to Wiley s where I (at last) got
the parcel from home.    Nine shirt collars of Naomi s
stitching, Loftus s  Chalden  from Boutcher, and some
paper from Charley.       Also a parcel from Chacombe.
A piece   and a big piece   of Charlotte s wedding cake, a
pretty neckerchief of Hannah s making and   her por-
trait!               It is very like   it almost satisfies me.    Oh!
mine own dear girl    
  {27.  Thursday to       Very busy, writing and drawing.
   31.  Monday}       Letters from Home and Hannah.
Answered both.    Writing for  Frank Leslie s  and the
Picayune etc.        To Brooklyn on Sunday, and dined
With  Fanny  and her daughters, Parton being off to Staten
Island.      Subsequently went to Pounden s.      Non mi re-
cordo heaps of things.
  {1.  Tuesday to       Writing and drawing very busily.
  8   Tuesday}       As Bellew is in Massachusetts some
of the Pic and Nic Nax drawing falls to my share.     I
write for it and Frank Leslie s regularly.    Leslie cashed up
all right for the Newport work.      I visit his office some
twice a week, generally seing Sol Eytinge at work there.
Apropos of him, or matters in connection with him, while
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty-four
Description:Mentions having dinner with Fanny Fern and her daughters, and getting paid by Frank Leslie for his story and drawings on Newport, Rhode Island.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Charlotte (Gazey); Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.