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but a silent inclination of the head.      It was an
invitation that we should do a little comfortable bit
of hypocrisy together.          I do think kindly of
poor Levison, but out upon this cowardly, clamorous,
short-lived excess of grief on one hand, and this
cant of emotion that is not felt on the other!
  There s something inherently untrue all through
American life and character.         Parton supposed
Haney likely to marry that woman   knowing, too,
that Haney knows what her nature it.        
  I was carried away by his judgment of Walt
Whitman, despite my own thoughts.   When Walt
told him,  on his honor , that he   the Author of
 Leaves of Grass    had lived a perfectly chaste
life, that staggered my faith.           I had doubts
before.   Now I know that I should have held
to my own judgment.
  By Jove, I ll do so hereafter uninfluenced 
by the whole crowd of them.    And I ll believe
no better of their intellects or natures than they 
deserve.          I can stand on my feet as firmly
as any of them.       I know as much, and am as good.
  23.  Monday.  Drawing till an hour before
sunset.   Then down Broadway to the Park, in
company with Rawson Gill.        In the boarding-
house parlor, talking with a Miss Brooks in the
evening.     This girl and her mother are compa-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and sixty-two
Description:Regarding his thoughts on the hypocritical behavior of people after William Levison's death.
Subject:Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Parton, James; Whitman, Walt
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.