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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 174, approximately April 30, 1857

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Identifier: DX03754195

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 174, approximately April 30, 1857

Description: Regarding the process of publishing his book, The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.


of Hardin Andrews, whom I once knew. In due time — that is to say after a day or two's additional delay — I got "proofs," which for the past three weeks a boy has brought regularly to [132] Bleecker St, at sunset, receiving them, revised and corrected on the following morning. Hence my whole time has been spent, diurnally, in overhauling what M. S. remained in my hands, adding to it, and, in many instances, almost entirely re-writing it — and, nocturnally, in correcting proofs. But oh! the work implied in the last! The writing two, four, ten, thirteen additional lines to get a cut in, or over on another page, the knocking out lines for a similar purpose. The afflictions connected with tail pieces! The persistency — of printers in knocking out capital letters, and my parenthesises! I have not been out o’doors one evening, save on a Sunday, (when I visited the Edwards' for the first time since the sickness of [William] Levison's child [Ellen Levison]) — being at revising till 11 or 12; and of late generally winding up in [William] Leslie's room over a toddy. During this time I've had to trench a capital in bank, which I've reduced to $100. I have worked very hard on this book, and don't know that I can better it by one word.

Now to matters in general. Our house is comparatively, empty. The Brooks' have returned to Hudson, with one exception, that of Foster, the husband of the eldest daughter. He is a clerk in a dry-goods

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-04-30

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
19th century


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