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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 159, February 22, 1857

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Identifier: DX03741211

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 159, February 22, 1857

Description: Describes William Levison's funeral.


front one being almost exclusively filled occupied by women. By the time the ceremony commenced there might have been over two hundred persons present. I with [Frank] Bellew and [Mortimer] Thompson ("Doesticks") stood in the rear room. I recognized little [Frederick] Edge and other newspaperians, with some actors. [E.H.] Chapin's address was, I think, somewhat of a repetition of his former one — as might well be — nor so touching. I thought much of the familiar room, and the many little incidents connecting [William] Levison with it — now the scene of his funeral. The prayer ended, the folks flocked into the many carriages. [Jesse] Haney who had been overwhelmed with grief had to be assisted into one. There might have been eight or ten vehicles — destined to Greenwood — it being, also, arranged that the body of the dead child [Ellen Levison] should be interred at the same time.

Plenty of persons were anxious to go, so Bellew, "Doesticks" and I stood looking on awhile, till the close, when Doesticks entered a carriage (at little Edge's solicitation,) Bellew went off for a walk, and I returned to my chamber with [James] Parton, who had been with us for the last five minutes or so. We talked an hour away, principally of Levison. (Parton’s apprehensive Haney may propose to the widow [Mary Levison].) Walt Whitman has called on Parton, and appears shuffling. Parton is going to sue for his $200.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-02-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Debt
19th century
Funeral rites and ceremonies


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