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  24. Sunday.  With Haney to Brooklyn. Parton s.
Grace in bed, not well, the others as usual.   Sol Eytinge
had sent an invitation to them yesterday, to keep up his
birth-night.  They have met at Thomsons.    After dinner
took my departure and to Hampden St.  Chips quite well
again.    Saw little Nast s sletches of the fight   very good
ones.    To Pounden s, and by 8 back to New York.  A
dank, raw, moist day and night.      To Chapins   another
man preaching   anon to Edwards.            In one of the eve-
ning papers there s a column and a half of Autobiography
by old Nathaniel Willis, father of N. P. and  Fanny Fern. 
She, showing it to me, added the verbal anecdotes.  One, that
during her mother s last illness, Fanny s first husband paid
for the medecine, which her father   a wealthy man   de-
murred to do on account of its cost.     The other; subsequent
to his wife s death, he removed her artificial teeth and sold
the.      The dentist, says Fanny, told of it!             He   the
elder Willis   is a very religious man.
  25.  Monday.  To doctor.   Drawing on wood. Writing.
Out in the afternoon for an hour met Wurzbach   he s left Les-
lie s. (He s so long-faced, is Wurzbach, thast he looks like a
horse.)     Writing at night till 10, then out to Haney s
with Leslie.         Cahill pretty constantly occupies Gun s room
at night, my Scotch namesake being worse accommodated.
  26.  Thursday.  Finished letter to Mrs Church.  Did
drawing on wood.  Out to Post Office &c.   Evening went
to Mrs Jewells.   They are going to sell off furniture on
Monday next and to go to boarding again.    Mrs Sexton s
amiable husband has been transferred from the Tombs
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Regarding a story told by Fanny Fern about her father, Nathaniel Willis.
Date:1858-10-24
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eldredge, Charles; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mrs.; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Sexton, Francis C.; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Willis, Hannah; Willis, Nathaniel; Willis, Nathaniel Parker; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):Brooklyn, [New York]; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):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.