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  and, in short was the old, unmatchable, original
and asinine Banks, sans mitigation.    Finally he wanted
to know whether I had a copy of my book by me   to which,
receiving a polite negative, he took himself off.    Then
Cahill came and went to sleep in a very uncomfortable position
on my bed.    Then Bellew and O Brien came, and then
Haney.     They all stayed till 1 A.M. and then good night.
  19.  Monday.  Selina Jewell called.      Her mother still in
Boston. No news
  {20.  Tuesday to       I ve got into arrears, in consequence of
  23.  Friday}       over-plus of work.      Have drawn more for
Harpers, the big-cut for the Pic and the remainder of my time
is devoted to Nic-nax.  Bellew, who has taken lodgings with
an Irish family of his acquaintance, is in daily expectation
of the arrival of a sister of his, with her husband, from En-
gland. He s nervous about it and can t work, hence my
labor.    Weather very cold, fire in Haney s room at night.
O Brien up occasionally.  Whelpley boring me, about an  inven-
tion  of his   I presume The Parisian Pamicography   I m
making a drawing on a plate of his furnishing and bestinking
my room with the odors of ink-and-wintergreen.   Cahill much
with me, having little or nothing to do.       He, Haney and I
went round to Bellew s one night, and in the successing evening
visited the Edwards .   Parton is at Rochester, visiting his sis-
ter.     I ve received a letter from George Bolton   morbid, as usual.
Invites me to Canada, this winter.     Bellew and O Brien up on
Friday night, with me and Cahill.  Book talk with O Brien.
Kept me out of bed a couple of hours longer than I wanted.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixteen
Description:Mentions doing work for ''The New York Picayune'' while Frank Bellew is occupied with the pending visit of his sister and her husband from England.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Piercy; Piercy, Mrs.; Whelpley
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.