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  5.  Wednesday.  Mercantile &c.   I have let Powell and
Abbott   (the leading spirits of a new attempt at a  comic  wire-pul-
ling paper   started with the intent to get money out of George
Law by putting him into the presidency,) have $8 worth of
cuts, on prospect of future payment.    Wurzbach engraves for
them, and they owe him some $60.     The paper s a trashy
one, the cuts hitherto done by Rosenburgh   the  Jenkins  of
the Morning Post, in the days of Jerrold s sarcasm.    He is
a drunken, land talking literary loafer.          I ve looked into
this  Young Sam  office once or twie and seen the clique as-
sembled, and once, (wanting to see Powell about a book of
Willis s needed in our Contemplation)   I found them in a
liquor saloon   old Powell looking hot and jaded, and the rest
bawling drunkenly in the rear.   What a horrid life    ! Arnold
and Yewell up   the latter having returned some three weeks
from Iowa.   He s had a prosperous time there, and purchased
land.  Designs, in conjunction with Arnold taking rooms at his
old Broadway place.                     In the evening I was at Parton s,
occupied in sketching Colonel Forbes in divers attitudes for
illustrations to his book.     He is a character whom I must put
down at leisure, anon.
  6. Thursday.  First Edward Greatbatch, and then his
mother and father up.    The latter being in New York both
to receive the $2000 accruing from his mother s legacy, and
if possible to settle matters with Alcock about farm &c.   They
(Mr G, and Mary Anne) had to make many purchases, and
had them sent up in my room.     I to the Mercantile, passing
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-nine
Description:Describes a visit from the Greatbatch family.
Subject:Abbott; Alcock; Arnold, George; Forbes, Hugh; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Greatbatch, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Law, George; Parton, James; Powell, Thomas; Rosenberg; Wurzbach; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.