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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 13, May 1-15, 1856

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Identifier: DX03626219

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 13, May 1-15, 1856

Description: Regarding his fear that his book will not be accepted for publication by the Mason Brothers because Charles Bailey Seymour is their reader. Also mentions meeting Walt Whitman.


My book [The Physiology of New-York Boarding-houses] is now in the Publishers [Mason Brothers] hands. [James] Parton took down the Table of Contents, reported a favorable reception, and the next day they had half of it, I retaining the rest for half a week’s over hauling. Through [Charles] Welden, (whom I met on Sunday night, after a call on the Edwards') I have learnt a bit of intelligence which inclines me to expect Rejection from the Masons. [Charles Bailey] Seymour is their "Reader." Perhaps the only man in New York who would relish doing me an ill-turn. And my book actually contains a quiet quiz of him, in his capacity of musical critic to the N. Y. Times! I have sold some drawings to [Thomas W.] Strong & done some for [William] Levison. Alf [Waud] is a father, and exultant. The child is a girl [Mary Gertrude Waud]. Mrs [Celina] Jewell went on subsequently, and stayed a week. I called at the Greene Street house during her absence, and since her return, hearing much of Alf — who also writes frequently, I responding punctually. Have written also to [Charles] Damoreau, George Bolton, [William] Barth, and Dillon [Mapother]. Have received and written a letter to Hannah [Bennett]. (God love her and let me gain her, some day.) I have met Walt Whitman at Partons, and he has called on me, subsequently. I like the man immensely, and must put him in pen and ink hereafter. My brain is too troubled to do it, now. Have written a paper or so for "Life Illustrated." Had a Staten Island ramble with [Frank] Pounden on the last Sun-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-05-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Publishers and publishing


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