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	         The Widow Levison.
  slept for the two brief hours between him and
daylight.                   I didn t put down that I
met Welden yesterday afternoon, inebriated.   He has
been living at a house frequented by Mrs. Levison
and described her behavior felicitously enough.   Says
that she talked ostentatiously, in a loud voice, taking
the names of all sorts of newspaper men in vain,
spake in conceited and disdainful manner and seemed
to live at the rate of $20 a week.             She has
sunk her dead child s age to next to babyhood now,
while her experience as a wife has experienced a simi-
lar reduction.        The woman was president of a Dor-
cas Society at Chapin s church before her departure
for Havana.      I suppose she goes there in the hope
of a Spanish husband, as the European campaign
didn t net one.        Rates herself altogether too high.
Is not attractive enough to hook gulls, besides wants
to better herself in position by marriage.     Hard-na-
tured, incurably selfish, suspicious, unbelieving,
if not unchaste, only withheld from it by her hard
interested, self-will   never a woman has more of
 the core of Bitch  in her than she.    So I think.
  25.  Sunday.  Up betimes and an ante-break-
fast walk in Washington Square, with Ledger,
Morris and Boweryem.   After breakfast, with Led-
ger, went to the Bartow s, made half an hour s
call, then returned.          To writing, until 2.    In
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Regarding Mrs. Levison.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William, Mrs.; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Welden, Charles; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
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.