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  the Anti-American Englishman of the  European  days
  came and bored me considerably.       To Edwards  to
take books to girls.    Met Corbyn   who was present at
the Yatman duel   in an oyster saloon subsequently  
never having encountered him since that day.     Married,
settled; a dentist at Factoryville Staten Island.
  16.  Wednesday.    Letters from Dick Bolton, and
Alf Waud.     George and the Conworths have arrived in
Canada.        Alf departs for the west on Friday.   Missed
getting a letter of Hart s   which will necessitate a stay
until next May, to get a divorce, as the present time s
elapsed.     In doors all day writing.        At night with
Cahill to the  Office.    Banks came in and he and Cahill
get to argueing, the former after his old, wrong-headed,
impracticable, ill conditioned fashion.    He had left Hoboken;
was very busy, had no time to do anything; had eighty
or a hundred friends   no he had no friends   had given
up trying to believe in them; it hardened a man but led
to success; he hadn t read the newspaper for the last
three or four weeks; he always paid his three or four
cents for them and said,  well here s a lot of fellows
who are doing their best to please me;  he liked them
all, he didn t believe in being critical, it was only ill-
nature, not but what he could condemn when a thing
was d____d bad; he believed in Arnold; if he had
five thousand dollars he d give him three to read for
the two years and then back him to lick the whole crowd;
there was another young fellow he knew who had written
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes a talk with A. F. Banks and Frank Cahill.
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Bolton, George; Bolton, Richard; Cahill, Frank; Corbyn, Wardle; Divorce; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Waud, Alfred; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.