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were to be divided equally.   When Levison died, Haney un-
dertook his duty, charging a weekly salary of $10 for it.
This is the point which Mrs Levison is now exercised upon.
She thinks she  might get somebody to do it for less  and though
professing not to wish to do anything to indicate distrust of him
is evidently full of distrust, has had legal advice &c.  Since
the panic the periodical hasn t produced any profits   before, 
it brought $100 to be divided between them.  He draws $10 every
week, which keeps him!  said she.  She read the agreement to
me.   Again she wavers about selling out her share for $3000
to Ross and Tousey.   Of course she didn t want or intend to take
advice.    I said little, intimated my perfect faith in Haney s
honesty, saw that by the agreement she might deprive him of the 
$10, but that his consent would be necessary to a successor, who
would of course charge as much   and said so.   It s astonish-
ing to what depths of meanness women will descent   as aston-
ishing as the heights of devotion and generosity they soar to.   All
her nature was bristling with little, petty, incredible suspicions.
She goes to France next month, hence the project of selling out.
(I told her to sell out if she could get a fair price, if not, to
hold on.)     Anon she got talking of another and as intensely
selfish a woman, but a fool to boot    Mrs Gouverneur.
Both of these women tried to use one another during their past
acquaintance, both talked against one another behind back   as
indeed they did of every body.   Mrs L was willing to cultivate
intimacy with Mrs G, in respect for her $30,000 a year and
a certain indefinite position in  society.   Mrs G was ready
to borrow quarter dollars and three cents pieces and forget to
pay them, to sell dresses that she got tired of, to find a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Describes going to see Mrs. Levison on her request for his advice about ''Nic Nax.''
Date:1858-04-21
Subject:Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Nic nax.; Publishers and publishing; Women
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.