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some verses, and by G_d it was no use talking &c;
there was no wit like Irish wit; he knew he, himself,
had written a d____d bad book; he wasn t a
successful man; he wanted to be goodnatured; he
might die any day.            This with a world of con-
tradiction, meanness, vacillation, ill temper, false
humility and rot did Banks pour into Cahill s ears,
I sitting listening, not joining in it, with a whimsi-
cal sense of how little Banks had altered   and how
far I ve grown beyond believing in him.   Cahill reaped
a little irritation, and Banks got a drink at his expense.
  17.  Thursday.   Writing.  Down town in the after-
noon, to Leslie s & Pic Offices.  Writing at night.
Pounden up.           Mrs Gouverneur, Rawson and May
are in the house, temporarily.
  18.  Friday.  Down town calls, then to Pounden s Office.
Up town in omnibus.  Drawing all the afternoon and
evening. /       There s an ill-looking, ungrammatical, coarse-
voiced man named Merrick boarding in this house.
He and Patten got to talking abuse of England this
evening over the tea table, expressing gratification at the
Seypoy atrocities and wishing that every Anglo-Indian
might be massacred.   With Patten s stolid, dogmatic
face and harsh brattling voie   the confab was very
characteristic.    Damn both of them!          Got a
letter from Waud.     Departure put off a week   as
usual.          A letter from George Bolton, which I got
par accidens, at the Post Office.       He writes in friendly
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes a talk with A. F. Banks and Frank Cahill.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bolton, George; Cahill, Frank; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Merrick (boarder); Patten, Willis; Pounden, Frank; Waud, Alfred
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.