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  27.  Wednesday.   Catherine Street & down town.  Wri-
ting, making progress.               Wurzbach came in the
evening with letter from Joe Greatbatch, in Australia,
for his father.         Out with him, and called on
Banks, whom we took to the Ornithorincus.  He was
generally dreary.   He is unable to get a publisher for
the heaps of bosh he has scribbled for the last five years,
is going to get out a volume on his own expense, devoting
part of his salary to it.     Well, it is as well he should
do so as squander it on liquor.         Banks in prosperity
is every way objectionable.      He insults everybody. Yewell
and Arnold, the former as kind a fellow as is anywhere
feel him to be a nuisance.                   Haney and Sol
coming, Banks left.  Out with them after drinks, to
a newly started Cafe chansant, where was a dreary
ball fizzling out   and meeting Gaylor in Broadway
returned with him to the Ornithorincus.   In the upper
room were Yewell, Arnold and O Brien.     Sol had
received $30 or so to day, so he must needs stand
drinks and a snack.        Talk of Walt Whitman s poem,
politics, and miscellanous matters.            O Brien decla-
ring that Milton was not a poet.                  I don t
like an inch of him.     Theres an insufferable assumption
of superiority over everybody about him which is either
exasperating or ridiculous   as you are affected by it.  Me
it exasperates.     His insolent wide open eyes, swell moustache
and whiskers and Irish pretense are un-get-over-able.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and eight
Description:Describes the lack of success A. F. Banks is having in finding a publisher for his book.
Date:1856-02-27
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gayler, Charles; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Ornithorhynchus Club; Whitman, Walt; Wurzbach; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Catherine 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.