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Down town with it after dinner &c.   Saw
Walt Whitman at Brady s entry, with another.  Hardly
knew the  Kosmos  who had partly shaven himself.   His
pale grey eyes looked more protuberant than usual.
In the evening to Edwards, having appointed to
take Miss Matty to see Church s picture  The Heart
of the Andes.     Mr and Mrs Edwards accompanied us.
  I met Wurzbach yesterday.   He is working at
Harpers .
  14.  Saturday       during the morning, but horribly
drowsy over it.   Down town by 5, to Pic Office; found
Bellew and Chapin (the Daily New s reporter) at
Crook and Duffs and walked up-town with the for-
mer.    He is living at Tarrytown.        Round to Hous-
ton Street to get pay from Bob Gun s.     Am hard-
up, just now.          A bit of a letter from Heylyn,
in which he states that he  has decided to adopt
making fishing tackle for a business! 
  15.  Sunday.  Reading and [phonography] all the sunny cool
morning.    Haney came after dinner, about to start
for Philadelphia and presently Rawson Gill.   Out,
& with Haney to the Jersey City terminus, seeing him
into the cars.       To 16th Street, via 6th Avenue, sup-
ped at Mrs Potters with old acquaintances.   Out with
Leslie, quitted him and to Chapin s.       Walking up-
townwards,  when nearly opposite Edwards  was ac-
costed by Morse (who Married Mrs Kidder) and whom
I recollected.       Strolled to Union Square with him.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and thirty-one
Description:Mentions seeing Walt Whitman on the street and receiving a letter from Edward Heylyn.
Date:1859-05-13
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Chapin; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Gill, Rawson; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Heylyn, Edward; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Leslie, Frank; Morse; Potter, Mrs.; Whitman, Walt; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):6th Avenue; 16th Street; Houston Street; Union Square
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.