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usual explosive manner, said he d left his situation, and had
but $3.50/100, but boisterously and confidently.     Banks up,
dispraising egotism, and talking of himself.     Going to dinner
towards Grand Street, met Damoreau, who wanted $5 till Satur-
day.  Lent it.     A Battery walk with him in the evening.
  29.  Wednesday.  Drawing.     Alf Waud up in the after
noon, Fogg &c.     To Welden s in the evening.  Lonely.
  30.  Thursday.  Mr Greatbatch called.     Took half dozen or
so drawings on wood to Strong s, seeing Gayler, his editor; thence
to Haney, and to the Fulton Street Office, where were the usual
party.  Sol had just completed a caricature of his brother Clarence,
which made his appearance in a pair of the tightest, most skin-fit-
ting pants conceivable.     In the evening had sat down to writing
when Damoreau, Alf & Clarence Eytinge came up,     An hour
after, Eytinge having left, came Banks.  Damoreau had gone
to sleep on the floor and buffalo skin, wherefore I started
a flam for Banks  benefit, that Damoreau had been stabbed
in a street row, and now lay partially insensible.     Banks
swallowed it all and it being proposed that we should go for 
ale, Damoreau was locked in and the light removed.     We
met Sol & the younger Waud below, so Banks, (who has been
out by Sol,) left.    Returning after an hour at the Homeric
shades, Damoreau was liberated, and informed that he owed his
imprisonment to the suggestion of Banks, who offered to stand ale
all round if we d consent to it.     (Alf had taken care by
a rush up stairs to awaken Damoreau, so that his confinement
was not passed in sleep.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and forty
Description:Describes playing a joke on Banks by convincing him that a sleeping Damoreau had been stabbed.
Date:1855-08-28
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Eytinge, Clarence; Eytinge, Solomon; Fogg; Gayler, Charles; Greatbatch, Jospeh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Practical jokes; Strong, Thomas; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Fulton Street; Grand Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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.