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him immensely.      O Brien comes up some times.
Stone too has turned up, being in New York
for the purpose of exhibiting and selling certain
drawings of his   now on view at Goupils.     They
are the best things he has ever produced   which
is not saying much.    He reports them as nearly
all sold.                  Old Falk has been writing
letters full of wrath and despair touching Alf s
debt   to Mrs Jewell, to myself, to Haney
(two letters!) and lastly to old Jewell.   How he
discovered the addresses of the first and last I
don t know.         The letters are the most absurdly
lachrymose, ungrammatical, demi-impertinent pro-
ductions conceivable.      He threatens to advertise
Alf in the New York and Boston papers, to
 never give no credit  to others &c, and otherwise
bewails his anticipated loss of $ 35 most bitterly.
Never was there such a tempest in a tea pot.
I ve written him a letter full of dignified impu-
dence   in the third person, which will, I expect
perfectly floor the old ass.           There s no fear
of his losing his money   nor would Alf have
served him the trick but for his over caution in
accompanying him to New York.             I ve
had a letter from Alf.        All safe in Boston.
A policeman told a friend of his he had authority
to break open doors   anent the Brainard en-
quiry.  Pleasant!  ejaculates Alf.     Andrew
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ninety-nine
Description:Regarding Falk's rage at Alf Waud's debt to him.
Date:1856-10-31
Subject:Andrew; Artists; Brainard; Debt; Falk; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Jewell, Mrs.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Police; Stone, B.G.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.