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manner.   I had the customary notion that prostitutes
died off in the exercise of their terrible profession   not
as, it appears, that they are absorbed into the ranks of
society, by marriage &c, for the most part.  I m glad
to know it   there s less misery & horror in the world
than I thought.    I think of the class with all the pity of
which my nature is capable. God forgive any one of us casting
stones where they are so little needed!         There s one
good thing about a literature   you re always learning some-
thing.  Leslie, down stairs, now, had never heard of Car-
lye and wanted to know what Boswell wrote about!!
  Writing, at night, till late.   Not at all well all day,
and inclined to blue devils.
  19. Sunday.  Leaving Haney at Edwards  (he being
about to escort the girls and perhaps Jack, over to Parton s,
in furthermore of the fusion of the families) walked up
to 52nd Street and dined with Bellew.    A young fellow
named Wood, recently engaged on the Picayune (why didn t
Cahill get the berth?) there for half an hour.   Towards
sunset down town with Bellew, I quitting the car at Blee-
cker.       To Chapin s and subsequently to Edwards  at
night.   The girls and John returned with Haney, while there.
  20.  Monday.  To  Constellation  office, saw Roberts - came
on Wednesday.  To  Century  office in Park Row, new Times buil-
ding, saw Mc Elrath.  Told him about book, said he thought
the higher of me for not proposing to do it against conscience.
Back, writing all the afternoon and till midnight or after.
21.	Tuesday.  Drizzle, steady and dismal.  Writing
s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty-eight
Description:Mentions telling McElrath that he decided not to review the books on prostitution.
Date:1858-12-18
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; McElrath; Prostitutes; Roberts, George; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):52nd Street; Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.