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present, the former posting up Picayune ledgers, the latter wri-
ting home.       There till 11, Sol coming in.
  12.  Monday.  Writing.  Rain marred the fine weather.
Banks up, in his usual demonstrative manner, indicating his
advent by a violent poke at the door with his umbrella.   He
was also up on Saturday noon, when the talk drifted into my
lecturing him on his squandering all his salary   over $20 per
week, (he says.)          I promised that  twas with no covert pur-
pose, as I had no intention of borrowing.     He received it half
thoughtfully, infinitesimally sulkily, talked of it being  his nature, 
spoke of indefinite amendment and  his friends   (I believe he has
none,) and left.                    Down town to-day to dine. Drizzle,
mud and dismals externally; though I am not now, (God be
thanked,) more healthy minded.         To Thackeray s last
lecture of the Series in the evening.     Rain, mud and damp
darkness outside now.
  13.  Tuesday. Writing.  Parton found me dining at
Goslings, he bringing proof for me to correct.   By 4 for a
walk & books to Mercantile, Banks, whom I met with O Mana
accompanieng.    Return to writing till 12.
  14.  Wednesday.   Old Alcock, formerly of the  Picayune 
called.  He is now employed by Price, who, recently married,
has had a store in, or under, the Everett House on the Fourth
Avenue, rented for him by his Rev d father.   They sell books
and newspapers.       The old Irishman chatted of the past pro-
prietors of the Picayune, and gave edifying details of them.
 Dick Hutchings  he said, had started another quack medecine,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Describes lecturing Banks about money, and a visit from Alcock.
Date:1855-11-11
Subject:Alcock; Banks, A.F.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hutchings, Dick; Lectures and lecturing; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Parton, James; Price; Thackeray, William Makepeace
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Fourth Avenue
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.