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stairs till near noon.     Nelly, in return for my cari-
caturing her, made a sketch of me, and, for a child, an ex-
traordinary good one.     Parton returns, from Rochester, tonight.
Back to New York, through the soft, fine drizzle.     To the
Pic Office.   Doesticks and Wilbour there and, anon, Arnold.
Returned to Bleecker Street.      Letters from Alf Waud and
from Dillon Mapother.      Talk of the panic and pecuniary
difficulties in both of them.     Waud says that Ballou takes off
ten per cent on all bills presented to him and tells a long
story of how he swindled Gleason, the gist of which is as fol-
lows.    When Gleason went to Europe, some years ago, the
paper made $50000 per annum.           Ballou, being left in charge
neglected it, got things in confusion, and, on Gleason s re-
turn, made propositions for a partnership.         Then being re-
jected he threatened to start an opposition paper, having pre-
viously secured most of Gleason s employees.   Finally Gleason
sold out for $200,000, to be paid in 5 years.            When the
first 25,000 became due, he didn t cash up, but had privately
invested 40000, out of the subscription list, in his wife s
name.        He has pursued, and is pursuing this plan, now;
simultaneously building a new publishing office, twice as
big, and next door to his present one.           This is Gleason s
account.    Rogues all!    /   Dillon writes from St Louis, that
there s a good deal of money due to the firm which they can t
get.     Waud has been introduced to Charley Mackay and
obtained orders to make drawings for the London News.
His wife still keeps her room.     Mrs Jewell is with them.
Damoreau s wife has another child;   he made so much
fuss about the event that it has been denominated  Young
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page twenty-one
Description:Describes a letter from Alf Waud, describing an incident involving Ballou and Gleason in Boston.
Date:1857-10-31
Subject:Arnold, George; Ballou, Maturin Murray; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Eldredge, Ellen; Gleason; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Mackay, Charles; Mapother, Dillon; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred; Wilbour
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.