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  2.  Friday.  New boarders, hot plates fur the first
time in twelve months, and the old woman (Mrs Potter s
mother) under orders to wear her best cap. / Letters from Alf
Waud and Barth.          The former writes that  Mary  s health
is worse.   She has a slow typhoid fever, and is in quite
a dangerous way.     An old woman, whom I remember ap
pearing at table, when in Boston, committed suicide by
taking laudanum, and this excited Mrs Waud.       Alf has
secured a nurse.       He, too, is confined to the house, having
crushed his toe with a 30 lb weight.          He wants me to com-
municate with Mrs Jewell.   I m exasperated to think that
I can t, not knowing where she s got to.     /     Barth
commences his letter with a sad item also.      Mine found
him beside the dead body of one of his children.   He explains
his slackness in correspondence as originating in his being
out of luck and spirits.           Couldn t get a living at practi-
cing physic, achieved a clerkship on some public works
at $78 a month and rent-free house, which he lost in con-
sequence of the works stopping.  He proposes a book in con-
junction with me.         Won t do.         Thus I ve received
three letters with sickness and death in them, in two conse-
cutive days.                Letters arrived from Hannah and
from Boutcher.                She writes as kindly, as truly,
as lovingly as ever.              With her sister and little
Gazey she has visited Brighton.                      There s news,
too, of others.     William Bolton is a tyrannical
brother and is  talked about  as the father of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page eight
Description:Describes letters received from Alf Waud, William Barth, and Hannah Bennett.
Date:1857-10-02
Subject:Barth, William; Bennett, Charlotte (Gazey); Bennett, Hannah; Boardinghouses; Bolton, William; Boutcher, William; Cooper, Mrs.; Gazey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.