father for some pecuniary rascality he had committed.)
12. Sunday. Over to Parton s in the after-
noon, and stayed till 10 or so. Returning to
New York met Banks in Broadway. He had been
rambling to Harlem with Bellew, throughout the day.
We took lager at Ittmers. Banks was unusually
dogmatic, wrong headed, paradoxical, disputatious and
generally offensive. I let him have his way, mostly,
studying him. How can I, at any time have got up
any sort of sympathy or liking for such a man? Yet
I used to lie awake, planning for the nuisance s welfare?
His every opinion is expressed insultingly, and at war with
common sense. He is the worst bred individual I have
ever met. His dogmatism and conceit now that he
isn t a beggar is something wonderful. His self-com-
placency which I formerly took for hopefulness and good
temper is an insult to any one in whose company
he chances to be.
13. Monday. In doors drawing, and re-
turned uptown with Bellew, looking in at Appleton s
store, (where Bellew has engaged an office) by the
way. The Firemens annual parade in opera-
tion, thoroughfare blockaded. Looking on at
the red shirts and fire engines all the afternoon,
from our parlor window, as the procession defiled
down Bleecker. To Edwards at night. Haney
there. Rain storm at night.
14. Tuesday. Dull, dank, cold and dismal.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eighty-five|
|Description:||Gives his opinion of A. F. Banks.|
|Subject:||Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Firemen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Parades; Parton, James; Sexton, Francis C.; Sexton, Nelly|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, [New York]|
|Coverage (Street):||Bleecker Street; Broadway|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight|
|Description:||Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island|
|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.|