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a wax policeman and spoke of a fall  Dr Catlin  had
experienced which smashed his nose in.     The next
show had merit.    It consisted of some dozen photogra-
phic views of European and American capitals and
scenery, arranged stereoscopically.  The solidity of
the effect was truly marvellous.         Divided from these
by a curtain were half a dozen photographs of women,
some nude and of a coarsely indecent character   evi-
dently from life. (This was an additional ten cents
worth.)   As works of art these were greatly inferior to
the others.          Leaving, we all went to Shelley s up-
town, had a good supper and talked till 1, only
separating with O Brien at half an hour later, having
st sat talking on the door step of our boarding house.
  28.  Monday.     A Letter from Alf. Waud.  Mrs
W  is sick of a bilious fever and keeps her bed.   He wants
her mother informed of it.       Down ton and back by
noon.   Drawing.   Wrote to George Bolton.    Out with
Leslie till near 1.           Supped at Florence s.
  29.  Tuesday.    Drawing.    Down town by 5 P. M.
and met  Doesticks  at the Tribune Office, returned
up-town with him, calling at his publishers (where he gave
me a copy of his  Nothing to Say ) at Wallacks, Wild s
and down town again.   He told me he s going to be married.
  Back thinking of Hannah, and drew till midnight.
  30.  Wednesday.       I little thought, last night, 
what the last page of this book would chronicle.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and thirty-three
Description:Describes going to several German places of entertainment in the Bowery.
Date:1857-09-27
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.