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They ve organized a club, and pay for room.  I m out
of it, and of my own doing.         Banks had the impu-
dence to put my name down unauthorized   I veto d it.
Well do I recollect the dreary Lantern club, and am
nowise willing to be an admiring worshipper of bad punsters,
to drink more Lager than I care for, to pay for a
room I don t want, and to waste good wholesome Satur-
day evenings.
  28. Thursday.  Made sketch for book title, being
requested by Levison, took it down town, went to Post
Office, to Catherine Street and to Abbotts.      Welden
came in afternoon, stayed two hours.       Evening with
Haney in an unsuccessful call at Partons, then to Ed-
  29.  Friday.  Blazing away all day at my
book.  I am making good progress.  Have done fifteen
chapters.   Hope comparative health and pluck won t
break down again.     Bellew called in the evening.
He seems amiable   that s the adjective for him.  Oh

Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and ten
Description:Regarding his reasons for refusing to join the Ornithorhyncus Club.
Subject:Abbott; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Ornithorhynchus Club; Parton, James; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Catherine Street
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.