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Watson the engraver and others.       There was a larger
circle than on any previous Saturday night, but the
evening was a decided failure.    Clique-ism in conversation,
and speeches marred it completely.     Dreary punning
in which unfortunate words were [word crossed out] made to run the
gauntlet or be stretched upon the rack, invidious calls
on folks to sing with half malicious intent to deride them,
stupid side-speeches, and dull boozing.       There were
too many present, and some who were too self important
to be good humored.               A letter from George Bolton.
  10  Sunday.  Bellew called in the basement.
I writing till evening.   Looked in at the Waverly,
but Parton & his wife were out, so to Edwards  &
had a pleasant hour there.  Haney present, and we walked
back together.            The Arnolds & Yewel visited
me just before going out.
  11.  Monday.  Writing.  Evening tried Parton s.
Out again.   A walk and back to writing.
  12.  Tuesday.  Yesterday repeated, with the
addition of a violent diarrhea.      Saw Parton, and
then visited Montgomery at Franklin Street.   Called
at Abbotts.                        Have done 9 Chapters of Board-
ing House Physiology.
  13.  Wednesday.  A letter from Mr Greatbatch.
  14.  Thursday.   In doors till 5, then out, called
at Abbotts & Yewell s, then to Parton s, there spent
the evening.   She  Fanny Fern  talks very freely, telling
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and three
Description:Mentions visiting the Ornithorhyncus Club with Frank Pounden.
Subject:Abbott; Arnold, George; Arnold, Jack; Bellew, Frank; Bolton, George; Edwards, George; Fern, Fanny; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Ornithorhynchus Club; Parton, James; Watson, John; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Franklin Street; Waverly Place
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.