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yesterday with the addition of headache.  Met Bel-
lew and Gaylor this morning, and Mr Martin in Wash-
ington Square, as I returned from a call at Dixon s, to
leave papers.
  7.  Friday.  Down town.   Rain.   Work.
  8.  Saturday.  Writing.  A sunny, pleasant day.  To Brooklyn
in the afternoon, Haney having preceded me.    A pleasant eve-
ning.  All the folks save myself and  Fanny  went to visit
Thomson at his new house in Hampden Street, but finding every-
body out, returned.    Stopped all night.
  9.  Sunday.  With Haney to Thomson s.  A brother of Mort s
from Minnesota there, Well s gone to church and  Chips  is
the country for a day or two.  Over the house, a very pleasant
one, then with Thomson for a stroll Gowanus-way, returning
by 1, leaving Mort at his door.      Dinner at Partons.
All took a windy walk   Grace, Mrs P, Parton, Haney and
I   in the afternoon.     The Thomson s came at night, Mrs T.
Wells, Doesticks & his brother Clifford.     Returned to New
York through the mist with Haney by 12.             These
Brooklyn visits are my true holidays.  To know how I value
them I have but to think how I should miss them were I de-
prived of the pleasure.           Parton said a good thing   among
hundreds of others   yesterday.  To love is human   but to hate
is Irish!!! 
  10.  Monday.  Writing   in doors all the dull, rainy, lowering
day.   Being in Leslie s room at 11 or later, with him and Raw-
son, and hearing considerable row on the stairs, we opened
the door and in sepentined Bob Gun with a dog which he
had picked up at  The Store  an adjacent tavern.   He was ab-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Describes a visit to the Parton's and the Thomson's in Brooklyn.
Date:1858-05-06
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Dixon, Dr.; Dogs; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gayler, Charles; Gill, Rawson; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Martin; Parton, James; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Clifford; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square; Hampden Street
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.