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learnt something of Parton which has amused me.
Banks sent him a copy of  Lobscouse  (proofs) re-
questing introduction to a publisher &c &c   also beg-
ging that the application might be kept a secret from
me.         Hitherto Parton said nothing about it, under
the idea that I didn t know of the book s existence,
but conversation drifting towards Banks, he spoke
of it.        The book s horrid nonsense  said Parton, 
 so I sent it back with a civil note.                Poor Banks!
hapless book!! more hapless dollars expended in stereotyping!!!
Banks is certainly one of the most impudent of men in
his peculiar way.    He once rushed up to Parton in
Broadway and asked whether  that long-faced woman 
he walked with wasn t Fanny Fern?                 After a
very free and easy talk about courtesans with Alf Waud,
Wood and Eytinge, he addressed the latter, with
 Come now!   Bai Jove they say you ve got some dev-
lish pretty sisters   why don t you introduce a feller. 
This was the cause of the split  twixt Sol and Banks,
and the former hates him like the devil now.   Banks
quarreled   or rather was cut by Haney, (who like
everybody else  took a turn in maintaining him
once) in consequence of Banks expressing his convictions
of the accessibility of Haney s landlady.       Haney was
very indignant at it, but one night came home drunk
and the idea running in his head, he    
  3.  Friday.   Alf Waud came, just arrived
from Boston, on his way to the Catskills.     After
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eighty-one
Description:Regarding Banks unsuccessfully attempting to get Parton's help with finding a publisher for his book.
Date:1856-10-02
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.