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Page 001Front cover.
Page 002Front fly-leaf.
Page 003Gives the date range of entries for the diary, and includes a note stating his wish that his diaries not be read during his lifetime.
Page 004Blank page.
Page 005Includes a quote from ''Bozzy's Johnson'' regarding keeping journals.
Page 006Blank page.
Page 007 [10-01-1857]Describes a letter from Dillon Mapother, updating him on Yatman's activities in England.
Page 008 [10-02-1857]Describes letters received from Alf Waud, William Barth, and Hannah Bennett.
Page 009 [10-02-1857]Describes letters received from Hannah Bennett and William Boutcher with news from England.
Page 010 [10-03-1857]Mentions attending a ''free thinkers'' meeting in the Bowery, and a letter from Alf Waud regarding his wife's illness.
Page 011Newspaper engraving of Wilkes.
Page 012 [10-06-1857]Mentions the financial crisis in New York and sketches of his being accepted by the Harper Brothers.
Page 013Newspaper clipping written by Mort Thomson, describing a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and George Wilkes from the perspectives of O'Brien, Wilkes, and a bystander.
Page 014 [10-12-1857]Mentions being introduced by Mort Thomson to his mother and fiancee.
Page 015 [10-16-1857]Describes a visit by Banks at his boarding house.
Page 016 [10-18-1857]Mentions doing work for ''The New York Picayune'' while Frank Bellew is occupied with the pending visit of his sister and her husband from England.
Page 017 [10-24-1857]Mentions Mrs. Gouverneur's return to his boarding house with her family for a visit.
Page 018 [10-28-1857]Describes George Arnold and Frank Cahill's night out drinking.
Page 019Newspaper clipping written by Frank Cahill for the ''New York Picayune,'' humorously giving advice to married couples for when single friends visit.
Page 020 [10-28-1857]Describes a fight at his boarding house between Mrs. Potter and one of her servants.
Page 021 [10-31-1857]Describes a letter from Alf Waud, describing an incident involving Ballou and Gleason in Boston.
Page 022 [10-31-1857]Describes setting off on a picnic in Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.
Page 023 [11-03-1857]Describes a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.
Page 024 [11-03-1857]Describes a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.
Page 025 [11-03-1857]Describes drunkenly returning to New York from a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.
Page 026 [11-03-1857]Describes drunkenly returning to New York from a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.
Page 027 [11-03-1857]Describes his injuries from a fight the previous night.
Page 028 [11-11-1857]Describes a letter received from his brother Charley, containing family news from England.
Page 029 [11-14-1857]Describes visiting Mort Thomson and his family and attending church with the Partons.
Page 030 [11-18-1857]Describes an evening spent posting advertisements announcing that Fitz James O'Brien's column ''Man About Town'' will be published in the ''New York Picayune.''
Page 031 [11-20-1857]Describes a row between Mrs. Gouverneur and Mrs. Church.
Page 032 [11-21-1857]Describes a row between Mrs. Gouverneur and Mrs. Church.
Page 033 [11-24-1857]Describes a Thanksgiving visit to the Eldredge family on Randall's Island.
Page 034 [11-26-1857]Describes a Thanksgiving visit to the Eldredge family and a charity children's school on Randall's Island.
Page 035 [11-26-1857]Mentions that Major Piercy has hired a premise on the corner of Bleecker and Broadway in hopes to establish a restaurant and liquor saloon.
Page 036 [12-02-1857]Describes a letter received from his friend William Barth.
Page 037 [12-13-1857]Regarding trouble among Frank Pounden's wife and his parents.
Page 038 [12-13-1857]Describes a letter received from his half-sister Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Page 039 [12-15-1857]Describes letters received from George Bolton and his half-sister Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Page 040 [12-15-1857]Describes attending a charity ball in order to write and illustrate a comic article about it for ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Page 041 [12-22-1857]Describes the events of Christmas Day, including a visit to the Partons.
Page 042 [12-26-1857]Mentions some of Henry Clapp's radical beliefs.
Page 043 [12-28-1857]Regarding Fitz James O'Brien's financial habits.
Page 044Newspaper clipping written by an unknown author for the ''Sunday Mercury'' poking fun at Fitz James O'Brien and literary Bohemians.
Page 045 [12-28-1857]Describes Fits James O'Brien's habits and personality.
Page 046 [12-28-1857]Describes Fits James O'Brien's habits and personality.
Page 047 [12-30-1857]Describes a letter from Alf Waud and a conversation with Mrs. Church.
Page 048 [01-01-1858]Mentions visits made to the Partons, the Thomsons, and the Edwards family on New Year's Day.
Page 049 [01-03-1858]Describes a visit to Mrs. Gouverneur at her boarding house.
Page 050 [01-03-1858]Describes a visit to Mrs. Gouverneur at her boarding house.
Page 051 [01-03-1858]Mentions visiting Nina Brooks.
Page 052 [01-05-1858]Describes an evening filled with games and performances at Mort Thomson's house in Brooklyn.
Page 053 [01-05-1858]Mentions a visit of Nina Brooks to his boarding house and a party thrown by Fitz James O'Brien.
Page 054 [01-10-1858]Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud.
Page 055 [01-13-1858]Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud.
Page 056 [01-14-1858]Describes meeting a former landlord of Fitz James O'Brien's, who talked about the money O'Brien owed to him.
Page 057 [01-15-1858]Describes a conversation with ''the Major'' Piercy.
Page 058 [01-17-1858]Describes Piercy's tale of a row with a patron and the resolution at the bar he owns.
Page 059 [01-01-1858]Enclosed letter gives an account of the existing copies of Gunn's ''Physiology of New York Boarding Houses'' that have been sold and printed to date.
Page 060 [01-17-1858]Regarding ''Major'' Piercy being arrested for threatening to cut out the liver of his ex-barkeeper.
Page 061 [01-21-1858]Describes attending a birthday party for Frank Pounden's son, and helping create a splint for Pounden's Newfoundland who had a broken leg.
Page 062 [01-23-1858]Regarding a discussion with Fitz James O'Brien, Henry Clapp, and Frank Cahill about rich men.
Page 063 [01-24-1858]Regarding a discussion with Fitz James O'Brien, Henry Clapp, and Frank Cahill about rich men.
Page 064 [01-27-1858]Regarding Whitney putting his child born from a mistress up for adoption.
Page 065 [02-01-1858]Mentions trying to see Lola Montez lecture with Jesse Haney, and defending England in conversation.
Page 066 [02-07-1858]Describes a letter received from his mother in England.
Page 067 [02-08-1858]Describes a letter received from Hannah Bennett about friends in England.
Page 068 [02-08-1858]Describes attending a lecture by Lola Montez titled ''On the Wits and Women of Paris.''
Page 069 [02-08-1858]Describes stories about Lola Montez told by Henry Clapp.
Page 070 [02-15-1858]Mentions attending Jesse Haney's birthday party at Jim Parton's house in Brooklyn.
Page 071 [02-20-1858]Describes attending a birthday party for Grace Eldredge in Brooklyn.
Page 072 [02-24-1858]Describes the competitiveness of music master Ulric around other men.
Page 073 [02-24-1858]Describes attending a birthday party for Grace Eldredge in Brooklyn.
Page 074 [02-25-1858]Describes a conversation between Frank Cahill and Patten about Princess Victoria of Great Britain.
Page 075Newspaper clipping regarding the arrest of J. W. Watson, alias J. C. Davis, for forgery and theft in Boston and Philadelphia.
Page 076 [02-27-1858]Regarding controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens.''
Page 077 [02-28-1858]Describes Fanny Fern's tales of her childhood pranks at Miss Beecher's school.
Page 078 [02-26-1858]Newspaper clipping regarding alleged plagiarism in Fitz James O'Brien's ''The Diamond Lens'' from a story by the late William North.
Page 079 [03-03-1858]Newspaper clipping regarding alleged plagiarism in Fitz James O'Brien's ''The Diamond Lens'' from a story by the late William North.
Page 080 [03-01-1858]Regarding alleged plagiarism in Fitz James O'Brien's ''The Diamond Lens'' from a story by the late William North.
Page 081 [03-02-1858]Describes a day visit to Hoboken and mentions Mrs. Patten giving birth to a daughter in his boarding house.
Page 082Newspaper clipping of a cartoon depicting Charles Seymour and a humorous letter written by Fitz James O'Brien as ''Henry Ward Beecher.''
Page 083 [03-05-1858]Regarding Mrs. Patten's unhappiness about her pregnancy.
Page 084 [03-05-1858]Describes Willis Patten, his wife, and their son George.
Page 085 [03-05-1858]Describes the Patten family and mentions Mrs. Eldredge giving birth to a boy.
Page 086 [03-06-1858]Regarding Allie Vernon and her sister Josey visiting Mort Thomson's wife, and the controversy it has caused among their acquaintances.
Page 087 [03-06-1858]Regarding Allie Vernon and her sister Josey.
Page 088 [03-07-1858]Regarding Frank Cahill being cut off from his cousin Charles Seymour and his friendship with George Arnold.
Page 089Newspaper article titled ''Confessions of an Ex-Dramatist'' written by George Arnold for the ''New York Mercury,'' about his and Frank Cahill's failed attempt to become playwrights.
Page 090 [03-07-1858]Song written by George Arnold.
Page 091 [03-07-1858]Describes Madame Newman and William Leslie.
Page 092 [03-07-1858]Describes William Leslie, who lives in his boarding house.
Page 093 [03-07-1858]Regarding the Bohemian attitude about rich men.
Page 094 [03-08-1858]Describes a letter from his sister Naomi giving news of friends and acquaintances in England.
Page 095 [03-09-1858]Describes theater critic Fred Watson.
Page 096 [03-09-1858]Mentions Mrs. Potter's troubles with debtors at her boarding house.
Page 097 [03-11-1858]Describes Mrs. Potter, who runs his boarding house.
Page 098 [03-11-1858]Describes Mrs. Potter, who runs his boarding house.
Page 099 [03-11-1858]Regarding a talk with Mrs. Potter about the situation surrounding Mrs. Brooks and her daughter applying for a spot in the boarding house.
Page 100 [03-14-1858]Regarding William Leslie and Pierce's sister.
Page 101 [03-14-1858]Describes Pounden and his wife, who live in his boarding house.
Page 102 [03-15-1858]Describes a letter from Alfred Waud about his father's death.
Page 103 [03-18-1858]Regarding the break-off in friendship between Mort Thomson's wife and Allie Vernon.
Page 104 [03-20-1858]Describes a sermon by E. H. Chapin.
Page 105 [03-21-1858]Describes a sermon by E. H. Chapin.
Page 106 [03-21-1858]Describes Frederick Edge.
Page 107 [03-22-1858]Describes Frederick Edge.
Page 108 [03-22-1858]Describes Frederick Edge.
Page 109 [03-23-1858]Regarding Sol Eytinge's intention to marry Allie Vernon.
Page 110 [03-24-1858]Tells a story about Mrs. Gouverneur lying about her daughter May's age to save money on a city car.
Page 111 [03-27-1858]Describes letters received from George Bolton and Dillon Mapother.
Page 112 [03-29-1858]Describes a talk with Clarence Eytinge about his brother Sol's affair with Allie Vernon, and a letter from Hannah Bennett.
Page 113 [04-01-1858]Describes writer Darcy.
Page 114 [04-03-1858]Describes listening to a conversation between Darcy and Watson.
Page 115 [04-07-1858]Describes taking a walk and meeting Lotty on the street.
Page 116 [04-09-1858]Regarding William Leslie's financial success in his business.
Page 117 [04-11-1858]Regarding Allie Vernon and Sol Eytinge.
Page 118 [04-11-1858]Describes a letter received from Alf Waud.
Page 119 [04-14-1858]Describes a letter received from Alf Waud about his wife and his brother Will.
Page 120 [04-14-1858]Tells a story about Willis Patten going to see spiritualist Cora Hatch lecture.
Page 121 [04-17-1858]Tells a story about Willis Patten going to see spiritualist Cora Hatch lecture.
Page 122 [04-16-1858]Newspaper clipping of a lecture given by Dr. E. H. Chapin, titled ''Woman and Her Work,'' about the rights of women to be educated and to be considered equals to men.
Page 123 [04-19-1858]Describes going to see Mrs. Levison on her request for his advice about ''Nic Nax.''
Page 124 [04-21-1858]Describes going to see Mrs. Levison on her request for his advice about ''Nic Nax.''
Page 125 [04-21-1858]Describes stories about Mrs. Gouverneur told by Mrs. Levison.
Page 126 [04-21-1858]Describes stories about Mrs. Gouverneur told by Mrs. Levison.
Page 127 [04-22-1858]Describes Thomas Powell.
Page 128 [04-22-1858]Describes Thomas Powell.
Page 129 [04-22-1858]Describes walking Mort Thomson's wife home from the Parton's house in Brooklyn.
Page 130 [04-24-1858]Comments briefly on aging and honesty.
Page 131 [04-24-1858]Comments on honesty.
Page 132 [04-25-1858]Comments on Jesse Haney, Frank Cahill, and Americans in general.
Page 133 [04-26-1858]Describes a letter received from his half-sister Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Page 134 [04-28-1858]Mentions the feud between Darcy and Ullmann.
Page 135Newspaper engraving of writer Darcy.
Page 136Newspaper clipping regarding John Darcie being denied entrance to Bernard Ullman's theater.
Page 137Newspaper clipping regarding John Darcie being denied entrance to Bernard Ullman's theater. Includes a cartoon about the event.
Page 138 [04-30-1858]Describes a talk with Jesse Haney to clear up matters between them.
Page 139 [05-02-1858]Describes Bob Gun, and Frank Bellew's proposal for Gunn to write a series of articles for the ''New York Picayune'' on New York restaurants.
Page 140 [05-04-1858]Regarding the women in his boarding house visiting a spiritual medium.
Page 141 [05-04-1858]Regarding the women in his boarding house visiting a spiritual medium.
Page 142 [05-06-1858]Describes a visit to the Parton's and the Thomson's in Brooklyn.
Page 143 [05-10-1858]Describes Bob Gun returning to the boarding house drunk with a starved dog he picked up at a tavern.
Page 144 [05-12-1858]Describes Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Potter's mother.
Page 145 [05-12-1858]Describes Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Potter's mother.
Page 146 [05-13-1858]Regarding Pounden's suspicious nature.
Page 147 [05-13-1858]Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's habits at auctions.
Page 148 [05-15-1858]Regarding a bet between Frank Cahill and Jesse Haney for Cahill to stop drinking for a month.
Page 149 [05-15-1858]Regarding William Leslie's letters to his fiancee in Philadelphia, Bella Farr.
Page 150 [05-16-1858]Regarding the suicide of Henry William Herbert.
Page 151 [05-17-1858]Gives his recollections of Henry William Herbert.
Page 152Newspaper clipping regarding the circumstances of Henry William Herbert's first marriage, including an engraving of Herbert.
Page 153 [05-19-1858]Describes a letter from George Bolton, in which he writes about his farm in Canada.
Page 154 [05-22-1858]Regarding a letter from his mother with news of his cousins in Australia.
Page 155 [05-22-1858]Regarding Fanny Fern's tales of Harriet Jacobs.
Page 156 [05-23-1858]Describes the daughter of Harriet Jacobs, Louisa.
Page 157 [05-23-1858]Mentions a story of his getting rejected by the ''Golden Prize.''
Page 158 [05-25-1858]Regarding a burlesque written by Stuart and O'Brien.
Page 159 [05-29-1858]Describes an illness, and a visit to Dr. Dixon.
Page 160 [06-10-1858]Describes his illness and the people who came to visit him during it.
Page 161 [06-10-1858]Mentions that Frank Cahill left a drawing on wood of Alf Waud's on Broadway that he was supposed to bring to Gunn.
Page 162 [06-16-1858]Mentions a fight Fitz James O'Brien got into with a Nicaraguan captain at the New York Hotel.
Page 163 [06-19-1858]Describes a letter from Alf Waud, in which he complains about his brother Will's marriage to the daughter of a boarding house keeper.
Page 164 [06-19-1858]Gives the details of Fitz James O'Brien's fight with Captain Farnham.
Page 165 [06-20-1858]Regarding Fanny Fern's tales of walking through New York in men's clothing.
Page 166 [06-24-1858]Regarding Mrs. Simpson, a seventeen-year-old girl who is boarding with the Jewell family.
Page 167 [06-27-1858]Regarding Mrs. Simpson, a seventeen-year-old girl who is boarding with the Jewell family.
Page 168 [07-31-1858]Describes his illness of July of 1858.
Page 169 [07-31-1858]Regarding Fanny Fern and her daughter Grace dressing like men and going to New York.
Page 170 [07-31-1858]Gives news of the people living in his boarding house, including Patten, Pounden, and Mrs. Church.
Page 171 [07-31-1858]Mentions that the Patten's baby died.
Page 172 [07-31-1858]Newspaper clipping describing a fire in London at the premises of Mr. Saunders, carver and gilder.
Page 173 [08-03-1858]Regarding a feud within the Pounden family.
Page 174 [08-03-1858]Describes gossip heard from a governess living in his boarding house about William Makepeace Thackeray.
Page 175 [08-05-1858]Mentions that Selina Jewell is going to be married in November.
Page 176 [08-06-1858]Regarding Frank Pounden's marriage.
Page 177 [08-07-1858]Regarding Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's ''spree.''
Page 178 [08-10-1858]Describes going to an entertainment hall called the ''Santa Claus'' with Frank Cahill.
Page 179 [08-11-1858]Regarding Mrs. Patten's interest in Spiritualism.
Page 180 [08-12-1858]Regarding the end of William Leslie's engagement to Bella Farr.
Page 181 [08-12-1858]Describes visiting the office of Frank Leslie and seeing a watch made for Horace Greeley.
Page 182 [08-14-1858]Mentions that the first messages have crossed the Atlantic by telegraph.
Page 183 [08-16-1858]Comments on the first trans-Atlantic telegraph.
Page 184 [08-18-1858]Comments on George William Curtis.
Page 185 [08-20-1858]Comments on George William Curtis.
Page 186 [08-21-1858]Describes a day spent fishing with Corbyn and others.
Page 187 [08-22-1858]Describes a letter received from Alf Waud.
Page 188 [08-25-1858]Regarding Mrs. Patten's faith in Spiritualism.
Page 189 [08-27-1858]Mentions that Selina Jewell has married Mr. Maltravers.
Page 190 [08-29-1858]Regarding Mrs. Patten supporting her husband.
Page 191 [08-31-1858]Regarding William Leslie finding Frank Cahill asleep on the front steps of the boarding house.
Page 192 [09-01-1858]Describes seeing a parade with the Edwards family.
Page 193 [09-04-1858]Regarding Mrs. Church's departure for Europe.
Page 194 [09-04-1858]Regarding Mrs. Church's past.
Page 195 [09-04-1858]Regarding Mrs. Church and Andreotti's failed marriage.
Page 196 [09-06-1858]Regarding Henry Clapp's tales of William North.
Page 197 [09-07-1858]Describes a visit to Frank Pounden and his wife in Brooklyn.
Page 198 [09-12-1858]Describes a visit to Alfred Swinton and his family on Staten Island.
Page 199 [09-12-1858]Comments on marriage and courtship in American.
Page 200 [09-12-1858]Regarding the Jewell family.
Page 201 [09-12-1858]Regarding Will Waud's marriage.
Page 202Newspaper clipping regarding the abduction and seduction of a sixteen-year-old girl, Miss. W., by Francis Sexton.
Page 203 [09-14-1858]Describes having a drink with Sol Eytinge, Ottarson, Frank Leslie, and Alf Waud.
Page 204 [09-15-1858]Describes a visit to the Edwards family.
Page 205 [09-17-1858]Describes an evening spent with the Edwards family.
Page 206 [09-17-1858]Regarding Frank Cahill's night out at the opera with friends.
Page 207 [09-18-1858]Describes a talk with William Leslie about each of them being unhappy.
Page 208 [09-22-1858]Describes the beginning of his journey to Rochester.
Page 209 [09-27-1858]Describes his journey to and arrival at Rochester to visit Heylyn.
Page 210 [09-27-1858]Describes his journey to Paris, Ontario from Rochester by train.
Page 211 [09-30-1858]Describes arriving in Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Page 212 [10-01-1858]Regarding the state of agriculture in Canada.
Page 213 [10-02-1858]Describes the autumn scenery in Paris, Ontario.
Page 214 [10-04-1858]Regarding the Gardiner family.
Page 215 [10-04-1858]Describes a morning excursion to Pine Pond with George Bolton and the Tews.
Page 216 [10-06-1858]Describes a morning excursion to Pine Pond with George Bolton and the Tews.
Page 217 [10-06-1858]Describes a fishing excursion to Pine Pond with George Bolton and the Tews.
Page 218 [10-06-1858]Describes the Conworth family.
Page 219 [10-11-1858]Describes the Conworth family.
Page 220 [10-11-1858]Describes the Conworth family.
Page 221 [10-11-1858]Describes the Conworth family.
Page 222 [10-11-1858]Regarding the Bolton family.
Page 223 [10-11-1858]Regarding George Bolton and the Conworth family in Paris, Ontario.
Page 224 [10-11-1858]Regarding George Bolton and the Conworth family in Paris, Ontario.
Page 225 [10-11-1858]Describes a visit to Mrs. Griffin's cottage in Niagara City.
Page 226 [10-13-1858]Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.
Page 227 [10-13-1858]Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.
Page 228 [10-14-1858]Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.
Page 229 [10-14-1858]Describes meeting a man with a stuffed eagle while waiting for his train.
Page 230 [10-15-1858]Describes a visit to the Strongs and the Eldredges at Elmira, New York.
Page 231 [10-16-1858]Describes a visit to the Strongs and the Eldredges at Elmira, New York.
Page 232 [10-16-1858]Describes attending a sermon in a Methodist church in Elmira, New York.
Page 233 [10-16-1858]Describes attending a sermon in a Methodist church in Elmira, New York.
Page 234 [10-17-1858]Describes his journey by railroad from Elimira to New York.
Page 235 [10-19-1858]Mentions that Frank Cahill has been given notice to leave the boarding house.
Page 236 [10-19-1858]Describes a letter from Hannah Bennett, containing news of friends and family in England.
Page 237 [10-19-1858]Describes letters received from Mrs. Church and Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Page 238 [10-19-1858]Describes the fight between Heenan and Morissey, which is causing a sensation.
Page 239 [10-24-1858]Regarding a story told by Fanny Fern about her father, Nathaniel Willis.
Page 240 [10-26-1858]Regarding a late night visitor to Bob Gun in the boarding house.
Page 241 [10-28-1858]Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's plans to send her children, May and Gladdy, to boarding school.
Page 242 [10-30-1858]Mentions a leak in his boarding house roof, and attending a lecture by Bayard Taylor on Moscow.
Page 243 [11-04-1858]Regarding Bob Gun moving out of the boarding house, and a scandal involving Willis Patten.
Page 244 [11-05-1858]Regarding a scandal involving Willis Patten.
Page 245Newspaper clipping regarding a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten.
Page 246 [11-05-1858]Regarding reaction in the boarding house about the Willis Patten scandal.
Page 247 [11-05-1858]Regarding reaction in the boarding house about the Willis Patten scandal.
Page 248 [11-05-1858]Regarding Mr. and Mrs. Willis Patten.
Page 249 [11-05-1858]Comments on his habit of writing in his diary.
Page 250Back fly-leaf.
Page 251Back cover.
Page 252Newspaper clipping regarding the complaints against Harbormaster Willis Patten.
Page 253 [05-18-1858]Newspaper clipping regarding the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert.