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phant.   But let me be in time and I am as dextrous
in word-fence as any of them, and resentment at
the secret ill-nature dictating such repeated attacks
helps me to a knowledge of where there s a row to 
be hit.         Well   to return to the Ornithorycus.
Bellew suggested a move to the club room.  I had
passed into the inner chamber on my way up-stairs,
when Eytinge, in reply to Bellews invitation said
something about  somebody who wasn t a member having
no right to go up!  Thinking that I was aimed
at, and that a deliberate insult before others was
intended I turned back, and asked him what  
 business it was of his.     He alluded to W. W.
as it proved, and that being explained, I went
up.     Since that time we don t speak.        That
subsequent evening was an agreablish one.     O Brien,
Banks and one other were the only persons present
save Bellew and myself.      The  Club,  as I foresaw,
has pretty nearly fizzled out, there being fewer
droppers in on Saturday nights than on other occas-
ions.      The sure result of trying to put men in
harness, and have stated occasions for joviality.
  This evening there was no singing, no dreary pun-
ning, only quiet talk.                   A Sunday ramble
on Staten Island with Pounden (who tells me he
is secretly married.)        Health and spirits variable
as before; still keeping at my book.      Twice
as horribly depressed as ever, once being somewhat
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page nine
Description:Describes an evening spent at the Ornithoryncus Club with Frank Bellew and others.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.