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  1.  Monday.  Down town with sketches to Harpers.  Hither
and thither, met Rawson Gill, Wurzback, saw Woodward
in at the printing office, went to Frank Leslie s, saw
Sol Eytinge, thence to Harpers again for blocks (five) and
up-town with Haney.      Wrote to Alf Waud.
  2.  Tuesday.  In doors till the afternoon. Drawing, writing.
Cahill informs me that he is a spiritual medium, and gives an
account of his development  as sick  at Arnold s, t other night!
  3.  Wednesday.  In-doors till evening, drawing and nervous.
With Haney to  Hope Chapel  intending to hear Lola Montez lec-
ture, but the place was already filled.   So went to Edwards .
The talk ran on the feeling entertained by this country towards
England.  I hold it to be antagonistic, and think when English-
men try to believe the reverse they indulge in a mischievous delusion.
No country loves England, but she ll hold her own in spite of
them, for she is better, braver and freer than they are.
  4.  Thursday.  To Pounden s office, and, hearing that he was
sick, to Brooklyn.  Found both him and his wife in seperate
beds, though in the same room, she having been prostrated for a
fortnight, by a horribly scalded foot.  Pounden bilious and quin-
sied.   Stayed till near 4, went to their doctor, and then retur-
ned to New York, meeting Parton & Fanny by the way.   Tired
out, hungry and nervous to a painful degree.   Dropped in at
Edwards  and Jewells at night.
  5. Friday.  Out early.  To Harper s, Pic Offie, Pounden s.
Still abed, he better, wife worse.   To Doctors again and returned
to New York.       Ill and trying to draw the rest of the day.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-five
Description:Mentions trying to see Lola Montez lecture with Jesse Haney, and defending England in conversation.
Subject:Arnold, George; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Montez, Lola; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Spiritualism; Waud, Alfred; Woodward; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.