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cigars, beer, puns and songs.    Not a very successful evening.
  3.  Thursday.  Down-town meeting Hankins by the way.
He s  agent  for selling an oil-print of Washington now.  In the
evening to hear the first of Mackay s lectures on Poetry and Song-
Introductory.      Very mediocre.
  {4.  Friday
  5. Saturday.}       Drawing and compiling-Jerroldiana.
  6. Sunday.  Rain all day. To Edwards at night with
Haney and Cahill.
  7.  Monday.  To Harper s, Frank Leslie s, Pic Office &c.
  8.  Tuesday.  Jerroldiana. To Parton s with Haney in the afternoon,
returning at night.
  9.  Wednesday.  Rain all day.  In doors.  Jerroldiana, and novel.
  10.  Thursday.  A letter from Barth.  Praises Moliere, says
he lives the life of a cabbage, wants  a career and chance to make
a reputation,  and gives some home news.   His mother isn t well,
his sister Eliza has lost a child; and Walem having put his name
to a  friend s  note has lost  700   nearly all of his property.
  Mrs Jewell called   boarding in Greene St.  Reports that
Brainard is going about slandering Selina   saying that she told
him that Johnson had seduced her.  He told this to Lee, husband to
Selina s sister.         Wrote to Foster and to Mary Anne. (She has
not answered my former letter, not sent a line, since the sad
news o the death of her husband.)   Down town in the afternoon.
In the evening to hear Mackay s third and concluding lecture.
  11.  Friday.  In doors all day.  Jerroldiana, and writing story.
  12.  Saturday.  Wrote to Dick Bolton.  Down town. Post Office
&c.  Met Bellew and Thomson.      Major Piercy up in our attic
at night.  Boxing, talk, and brandy and water.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page thirty-six
Description:Describes a letter received from his friend William Barth.
Subject:Barth, Mrs.; Barth, William; Bellew, Frank; Bolton, Richard; Brainard; Cahill, Frank; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hankins; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Lectures and lecturing; Lee (Jersey City); Parton, James; Piercy; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Greene 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.