inquiry as to what it was. This was done with an air
of indulged pettishness. He sulked a little about it.
Alf himself, I can reckon up, pretty truly, now. I
don t believe in him as I once did any more. He is ill-conditioned.
He has a rude phrase and evil comment for every body
and everything. His spleen has been intensified by his
position and he, whether consciously or not, resents people s
knowledge of it. It is as though he were perpetually
attempting to bully the world with an I don t care!
Everybody is as bad, if not worse! All the time
this jarred with me. I was dull and constrained;
though old times had their influence, yet I knew this
wretched cant of All Scoundrels! to be senseless and to
have its root in wrong-doing. They live quite isola-
ted, as it were, she having no female acquaintances,
and not often venturing out. He bids her go, sometimes,
for exercise. She is an affectionate, uneducated girl,
and believes in him. His love is based on passion.
We came back by the cars, and didn t go out again
that night. Subsequently it rained fiercely.
24. Monday. To Winter Street. Saw Will
Waud, whiskerless, moustached and timely dressed. In
Alf s office most part of the morning. Went in to see
Damoreau. He and Waud have never been reconciled
since their squabble. Charley wrote Alf a placable letter
but he attributed the desire for reconciliation to a dread
on Damoreau s part of his (Alf s) going into the en-
graving business and so injuring him. Alf vilifies
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty-one|
|Description:||Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.|
|Subject:||Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Travel' Waud, Alfred; Waud, William|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Boston, Massachusetts]|
|Coverage (Street):||Winter Street|
|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.|