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found the pillow covered with blood, from my unhappy
gums.)   Writing &c.   A letter from George Bolton, in-
closing one from Dick, came yesterday.   The former talks
of a trip westwards towards Lake Huron, in seach of
an eligible farm, and says he can rent one in his present
vicinity for  60 a year.
  23.  Monday.  Finished letter to home.   Chores &c.  Down
town, to Post Office and elsewhere.  A lovely autumnal day,
with a coolness about it delicious but sadly suggestive of
the death of summer.   Busy, and returned tired to din-
ner.    All alone the rest of the day, as usual; not well,
and a trifle melancholic.
  24.  Tuesday.  To Doctor.  Phonography and writing till
dinner, a walk down town after.     Ill.  Another autumn
day, cooler than yesterday, but very beautiful.
  25.  Wednesday.   An  express  drawing on wood from
Alf Waud for me to take to Leslie s.     He writes that he is
going to Willsboro   I suppose near Lake Winnipissogee  
to join  Mary,  then to New York.   Will Waud  is a fa-
ther   six weeks ago!  Suggestive.   Alf met B. B. Stone
on the day his letter s dated (who  said he d met me, last
spring, a devil of a swell! )   He, Stone,  appears as shift-
less a ever.          Writing, hard, at story till dinner.
Then down town and got the long due $16 from Frank 
Leslie s.   Evening partly down stairs.   Folks talking of
an odd incident apropos of Mrs Patten s visit to a  medium. 
This person, a girl of sixteen, whom she hd never seen be-
fore, spelt out the name of a cousin of hers, travelling in
Europe, imitated coughing and asserted her death   wri-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Describes a letter received from Alf Waud.
Date:1858-08-22
Subject:Blakeman, Dr.; Bolton, George; Bolton, Richard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Spiritualism; Stone, B.G.; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
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.