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was aroused very early by a bearded individual 
with a pervading odor of bad tobacco about him.   It was
Banks.       And his business was to contradict his last nights
assertions and avow they were all lies!              Wood says
he goes to bed drunk four times a week.
  {9.  Wednesday to       Drawing for Nix-nax and writing
  11  Friday}       letters &c to Mapother and Mr Great-
batch.    Young Shelley, one of the book keepers at the Ocean
House Newport called upon me.  Season closes this week, there.
  12. Saturday.   Talk of Mrs and Miss Brooks
returning to this house for a week or so   Leslie in
a state of alarm as to whether his  pheelinks  will
enable him to stand out against the little girl s fas-
cinations.     Finally he declares he ll clear out for the
time being. /          Drawing till the afternoon   big Pica-
yune cut, down town then, to  Frank Leslie s  &
Pic office.     Goy no money from either.     Returned
with Cahill & Haney.           Wilbour and Arnold came
at night.    All in my room, smoking.
  13.  Sunday.  A dull wet day.     At the Edwards 
in the evening.
  14.  Monday.  Wrote article for Pic.  Down town in the
afternoon, to Leslie s & Pic Office.    O Brien and Hinck-
ley there and, presently, Wilbour and Thomson.     Drawing
at night, a second big cut for the Pic.       Up till 1.
  15.  Tuesday.  Down town early.  To tailors, bootma-
kers, Post Office, Russell s office, Pic &c.      Writing on
story in the afternoon and part of the evening.    Hind,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty-six
Description:Mentions the imminent return of Mrs. Brooks and Nina to his boarding house, and William Leslie's alarm because of it.
Date:1857-09-08
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hinckley; Hind; Mapother, Dillon; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shelley; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wilbour; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.