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I think, in Levison s case, the former will result.
His weaknesses will be forgotten but his generally
kindly nature will constrain all who knew him 
to think greatly of him.         Remembering his ante-
cedents and surroundings it is a wonder to think
how good he was.        Running away from home
and a severe shoemaking father when a boy, without
education and friends, finding employment at a
Philadelphia theatre, exposed to all the hideous license
of the life of a  low comedian,  (  in which it is but
too probable that he contracted the seeds of disease
embittering his future life  )  falling in love , getting
married and drifting into newspaper life   how 
should he be better   how, rather, should he not be
worse?    Poor Levison!     I am sorry that there
have been times that I have felt harshly towards
you.       Follow your child into the great unknown
sea to which we re all driving!        God will have
mercy and pity on his own creature   and into
God s hands, I, your poor fellow mortal, commit
you.        I am sure it is well with you, now.
  But oh God!         Why, Why?    A poor race
of men what an old, sad, changeless story is this
one of Sorrow and Death.    O the aching hearts
and weeping eyes that this weary planet has sustain-
ed   for their brief span!             And there s no
answer to the why   but a resolute silence.  Neither
philosophy, or praying hands can help us.    But
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Regarding the life and death of William Levison.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.