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ordinate fondness for beer.  (He had sent out for some,
of which they were partaking.)    O Brien came in subsequently.
  Met Helmsm ller in Broadway and drank with him.  He com-
plained of the hardness of the times, which affects all who cater for
the amusements of people.     In the evening Bellew, O Brien, Ca-
hill and myself were assembled in Haney s room   Haney ha-
ving brought the two former to sup with him.  All talking, smo-
king and drinking gin-and-water till past midnight, when as the
rain fell in torrents, Haney bunked with Cahill, abandoning his
room to O Brien and Bellew   the first of whom extemporized
a bed on the floor.
  17.  Saturday.  Down town in the morning, to Haney s, the Pic,
and the Post-Office.  Bellew up to my room.      In the evening
to Edwards, whither Cahill and Haney had preceded me.
  18.  Sunday. A health-ramble to Hoboken with Haney
and Cahill, returning by noon, when they went to Edwards .
Drawing during the evening, being favored with successive visit-
ors.  First O Brien came up and adjourned to Whelpley s,
over the way.  Then Banks came. He sat himself down on the
bed, as usual; wanted to know whether I d come out and call
on some agreable fellows of his acquaintance; said he had
lived a very hard life   in the American sense   during the
past year, seldom getting to bed before three o clock; declared
that Walt Whitman s book was the greatest production that the
world contained, not at all excepting Shakspere, with regard
to whom he, Banks, was above being humbugged by the common
cant, for if Gifford hadn t brought him to light, nobody
would ever have heard of the author of Hamlet!     He also
spoke of larger literary labor to which he was devoting himself
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page fifteen
Description:Describes a visit by Banks at his boarding house.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Helmsmuller; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shakespeare, William; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Whitman, Walt
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.