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has been refilled.  I want some milk!      Biddy rushes
round to his side of the table, serves the pitcher venge-
fully, and deluges his coffee with milk!!
  24.  Thursday.  Down town, Pic, Leslie s, Nic-
nax and Post Offices.  Writing, letter to Waud and story.
  25.  Friday.  Drawing till 5, then down town, to
Frank Leslie s, the Pic Office &c.    Met Picton, rather
drunk, and he took me to a publishers and gave me a
copy of a new Anti-Catholic novel of his, not yet published.
To Pounden s and to Brooklyn with him, staying all
night.
  26.  Saturday.   Back to New York, and down town
all the morning.   Drawing in the afternoon and evening.
  27.  Sunday.          With Haney to Hoboken; a mor-
ning among the rocks and trees, returning by 2 to din-
ner.        In the evening Cahill joining us   he having
been at Sol s overnight   rambled into Washington
Square, where, meeting O Brien, we at his suggestion
went to two of the Germna places of entertainment in
the Bowery.    The first was in the rear of a lager beer
shop,   an open space, with earthern floor, and canvas
roof, a band of music elevated on a sort of
gallery platform, and throngs of persons of both sexes sitting
on benches drinking lager and weiss beer below.    There
were two or three stalls around, for the sale of cheap
edibles   which boys also peddled among the company   a 
target to fire at, or rather two, one more pretentious
in appearance than the other.    There was also an at-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and thirty-one
Description:Mentions a visit to Hoboken with Jesse Haney, and going to German places of entertainment in the Bowery with Fitz James O'Brien.
Date:1857-09-23
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Picton, Thomas; Pounden, Frank; Waud, Alfred; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
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.