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  24.  Friday.    At Bellew s Office.   It is
a very large handsome room in Appleton s building
Broadway, for which he will pay $300 a year.
I had been up once or twice before, in his company.
Tis as yet unfurnished, having only one lengthy table, 
and a smaller one.         I m drawing for him   a big
dog for  Porters Spirit.    Alf off this afternoon, with
 wife  and baby.       I saw them into vehicle at Jewells.
  25.  Saturday.   Bellew called, as yesterday, and
to the office together.      Calls at Warren St for payment
for sketch, to Post Office &c     to Office.    Banks up,
rude, as usual.      Up town to dinner by 2, and did 
not return.
  26.  Sunday.  Bellew came.  Told how he
had thrashed Banks last night.    Having been drinking
on an empty stomach, he, at the Ornithoryncus under-
took to tell Banks what every body knows of him, that
he was ungrateful, and insolent.  What the provocation
was is dubious.  Going out in Broadway subsequently,
Banks said something as to Bellew having made a
fool of himself, accompanying it with a threat of what
he would have done had he (Bellew) been sober.   Where-
upon after a word or so Bellew pitched into him.   They
had two rounds, and Banks got very severely punish-
ed.    Bellews under lip was slightly swollen   that s
all.           To the Office with him after some delay,
he calling in at the Ornithoryncus, to see Cahill the fellow
who as present during the fight.         From his account
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ninety-four
Description:Describes Frank Bellew's tale of how he ''thrashed'' A. F. Banks.
Date:1856-10-24
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Warren Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.