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Pic Office. Learnt that Bellew had returned to town.
Found him at Matarans, with Cahill, drinking.  There
an hour or so, Sol Eytinge coming in, then took Bellew
up town to dine with us.   Leaving him and Cahill in my
room, went down town with Haney; he over to Partons,
I to Harper s, again unsuccessfully.    Wrote to Hannah
in the evening.
  7.  Wednesday.  Saw Miss Brooks who called, after
breakfast.         To Harpers   three of my four sketches
accepted.      Returned up town.  Bellew about all day,
mostly in my room.       He has taken board in Waverly
Place, his wife and child being yet out of town.
  {8.  Thursday to.       Two of these days in hell   subject
  10.  Saturday}       to a horrible relapse into my old
nervousness, in consequence of an extreme desire to do
drawings for the Harpers very particularly well, and
the attendant dread of failure.                Letters from
home, Waud &c.        I have got in arrears and can t re-
collect details.
  11.  Sunday.  Hobokenizing with Cahill and Haney.  A
day to thank God for.  The cliffs, fumigation and fire light-
ing.      O Brien and Bellew with us in Haney s room at
night.      The former talked much of fast men in London and
New York, of lorettes and actors.  He told some goodish
stories.   I suppose his life has been such that he hasn t
a friend in the world.
  12.  Monday.  To Harpers.  Didn t get paid, but got
another sketch accepted.   Talk of nothing but the financial
crisis.     All the Banks in New York will, this week, sus-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page twelve
Description:Mentions the financial crisis in New York and sketches of his being accepted by the Harper Brothers.
Subject:Banks and banking; Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Bennett, Hannah; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.