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  2.  Tuesday.  Drawing, some projected Harper subjects,
till noon.  Then a horrible fit of incapacity came over me and
reproduced the old nervous misery.  I haven t the heart to put down
details.   I think I m ill, bodily, too.
  3.  Wednesday.  To the Post Office for papers, then crossed to
Hoboken, determined on conquering brain-sickness by bodily fatigue.
It was a cold, windy, sunny day, and the snow lay deep along
the margin of the Hudson.   Revisited the scene of our pic-nic on the
heights.   Returned to New York by 2.   Met Selina Jewell and
her sister, househunting.   Met Wood.   He says Sol s prosperous,
but never has any money (Allie s making a private purse for herself,
in view of contingencies), that they re going to take another house
and to get rid of Josey.                        Andreotti is in New York, it
is said.    Rawson believes he has met him thrice or four times.
  4.  Thursday.  Down town early, to Pic & Tribune Offices.
Met young Mc Elrath, whose acquaintance I made on Lake
Superior, at the latter.    Met Kelly up-town.   Down town
again in the afternoon, calling in at Brady s.  He s got a photo-
graph of me sticking up at the door of his lower shop.   I can t catch
him in to get duplicates as he s always bobbing to & from Washing-
ton.   Ill, sick in mind, matagrabolized, hypochondriacal.
  5.  Friday.  There was a child born in this house, last night,
or this morning to Mrs Patten, in the room immediately below
the one in which I write.   Tis a boy contrary to the father s wishes.
He is 55, his wife some fifteen or twenty years his junior, and
they have had no children since the birth of George, a boy of twelve,
now away at school.   The mother has been exceedingly averse
to her present maternity, talking freely to the other women in the
house, of the anticipated trouble the child would be to her, saying
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page eighty-one
Description:Describes a day visit to Hoboken and mentions Mrs. Patten giving birth to a daughter in his boarding house.
Subject:Andreotti; Boardinghouses; Brady, Matthew; Childbirth; Eytinge, Solomon; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Kelly; McElrath, Thomson; Patten, George; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Sexton, Nelly; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
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.