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[engraving]
RESTAURANT DU GRAND VATEL IN BLEECKER STREET.

[Gunn s handwriting]
  The above engraving represents a house on the
S.E. corner of Wooster and Bleecker Streets; the adjoining
one in the foreground, of which one only sees the a bit
of the basement-railing (where the gate was), being No the
old No. 132, where I lived so long.    It had a door-
way and massive iron ornaments on each side of the steps,
like its neighbour.   Both houses were had gone down in
the world, when I last saw them in 18712 ^|3|, but were the
only tenements which retained even a suggestion of their past
respectability.  Now they appertain to  the French Quarter
of New York.   The cut is from an article, thus named, in
 Scribner s Monthly  for November, 1879.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page five
Description:Includes engraving of the Restaurant du Grand Vatel in Bleecker Street, New York.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker Street; Wooster Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.