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Feb 15. 1826.   Day that I came into the world

		        Vol. 11.
  From October 1, 1857 to Novem-
ber 5 (inclusive) 1858

	  Thomas Butler Gunn
		132 Bleecker Street.  N.Y.
  If this book, or any of its companions ever pass
out of the writers possession by accident, he desires
it or their return.        If they be read by any eye du-
ring his own life, which he does not desire   perhaps
not afterwards   he requests any reader whose curio-
sity seduces him to that unjust action to consider
that this record has been kept, not from any mean wish
to collect scandal and tattle, not from any miserable
idea that he, the writer, shines as a hero in it; but,
simply that it may aid him in the study of Human
Nature.       Nowhere does he consider it s hasty jottings
infallible, being well aware that his own shortcomings
and perversities must produce occasional misconception.
Hence much mischief and, perhaps, cruel injustice,
might follow exposure.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page three
Description:Gives the date range of entries for the diary, and includes a note stating his wish that his diaries not be read during his lifetime.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.