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[newspaper clipping]
   ONE MORE UNFORTUNATE.  The Picayune is
no more.  Its publisher struggled hard and man-
fully to avert this result, but he had made suffi-
cient sacrifices for the good of the public, and like
a sensible individual declined to submit to further
loss.  Since the death of William H. Levison, its
former owner, considerable capital has been swal-
lowed up by its publication, notwithstanding the
vigor and spirit with which it was conducted.
The Picayune was started as an advertising sheet,
and was circulated gratuitously: but subsequently
it joined the ranks of the regular journalistic army.
While under Mr. Levison s control, it was exceed-
ingly profitable never more so than at the time of
his death.

[Gunn s handwriting]
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page eighty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the demise of ''The New York Picayune.''
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; New York picayune.; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.