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sort but morbidly, as ten years ago, tells me he
has  more faith in me than anybody he knows  and
thinks me  the most matter of fact of men.     This
letter was written not in answer to mine, which he
could, hardly, have received.
  19.  Saturday.  Drawing.  Down town after dinner.
Dismal equivotial rains all day.      Boswell s Johnson.
  20.  Sunday.   A dull, equinoctial drizzly
day, clearing up towards sunset.   Loafing over the
papers till evening; then wrote article for Pic, and to
Edwards  whither Haney & Cahill had preceded me.
I found only the latter, Parton having called and taken
off Haney.
  21.  Monday.  Down town.      Matagrabolized, sick
and sad.   Writing at night.
  22.   Tuesday.   Writing and drawing till evening,
then with Haney to the Broadway theatre, to see Mathews
in  Mr Affable Hawk.   The Edwards  there.    Drenching
rain storm on leaving; up town in omnibus wth about twenty
others.
  23.  Wednesday.   Drawing for Nic-nax.   Down
town by 5 and with Haney to Parton s.   Supped and spent
the evening with the girls, Parton being in New York and
 Fanny  keeping her room.       Dyer came, and went up
to see her.   /     Returning, had got to bed when Cahill
came in.     He had been to the theatre, and presently began
to talk how he had engaged himself to take  a lady to
see Charles Matthews, and how he expected it would cost
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Mentions going to the theater with Jesse Haney and a visit to the Partons.
Date:1857-09-18
Subject:Bolton, George; Cahill, Frank; Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mathews, Charles; Parton, James; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.