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		        October, 1857.
  1.  Thursday.   A letter from Dillon Mapother,
dated Indianapolis.   He is going to reside permanently in
St Louis, taking charge of that branch of the business.  Has
received a letter from Yatman in England.         That chival-
rous youth lives with his father at New Cross, London;
has employment in an Insurance Office, and as might
have been expected is distinguishing himself socially.  He
has lectured  On America and the Americans  at sundry
 Eatanswills,  spoken in public meetings and got deservedly
hissed (Dillon don t say that) for praising Slavery.
He correspondends with people and papers in the U. S.
sings at concerts, goes to Sydenham once a week  and plays
Hell generally.    He describes his physiognomy as delicater
than heretofore, says his head is bald, his face careworn,
and his general appearance indicative of the age of 35 or 40.
Furthermore he laments time and money misspent, yet
longs to return to America.   I ve no doubt he will do so,
some day.    All the details are delightfully characteristic.
  Down town, walking with Cahill.  Alone to the Harpers , saw
Bonner, an Englishman, the editor of their paper and sold two
drawings, getting $16 for them.  To the Pic and Leslie s offices.
Met Rosenburg in Reade Street, with Whiting; drank with them.
Up town with Haney.  In doors the rest of the day.       Wrote to
Dillon.         Miss Brooks is in New York, stopping at the
house of Miss Jacot s father.  I was told this by Pierce, her
half brother, this morning.   Mentioning it to Leslie, it rather
 knocked  him   as Sol Eytinge would have said.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seven
Description:Describes a letter from Dillon Mapother, updating him on Yatman's activities in England.
Date:1857-10-01
Subject:Bonner, John; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacot; Leslie, William; Mapother, Dillon; Pierce; Rosenberg; Whiting; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Reade Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.