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  18.  Wednesday.  To Harpers.  Saw Bonner and Guernsey,
got lots of blocks.  Found Bellew at the Pic Office.   Was about lun-
ching with him at Delmonico s when a boy warned him that  his case 
versus the watchman, was being tried; so both of us went over to the
City Hall.      Soon settled, Bellew has to pay the man $3.75.   He
will be, however victimized for costs.         This evening, as appointed,
went to the Pic Office at 8.     Found Bellew, O Brien, Major Piercy,
and boy there.    O Brien s  Man About Town  being transferred to the Pic,
they have decided on a mild splurge in announcing it.      So four thousand
bills have been printed, and this night we met to superintend the
posting.  Bill-stickers came   eight of  em, boy-men, profane rowdy,
vulgar roughs.     Gin served out to  em and instructions.     Wilbur came.
Doesticks didn t show.     Out on our several beats, each having two
bill stickers under his control.     My beat was William, Wall, Pine
and Nassau streets, Major Piercy (and one billsticker) superintending
one side, myself the other.    We did it very thoroughly, the fellows,
inspired by the gin, sticking the bills in many unauthorized places, as on
signs, bulletins &c.        The Times, Tribune and Sun bulletins were placar-
ded finely, and one bill was stuck on a horse.     Back to the Office by
11 1/4, Bellew and O Brien not returned.     Our bill stickers lay round
on tables &c, I and Piercy talked.   He exhibited his curiously tattoo-
ed arms, on which were portrayed an elephant and Burmese idols
  extraordinarily minutely done, too.   A hearty, travelled, Irish soldier,
and a gentleman (?) Out again for a little bill-sticking, when I
left and went home.
  19.  Thursday.  Down town calls.  Drawing.  Writing to Char-
ley in the evening.
  20.  Friday.  Drawing hard all day.  Harper s work.  Ice cold
and windy    Writing to Hannah at night.    O Brien came at 11,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page thirty
Description:Describes an evening spent posting advertisements announcing that Fitz James O'Brien's column ''Man About Town'' will be published in the ''New York Picayune.''
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Bonner, John; Guernsey; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York picayune.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Piercy; Tattoos; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wilbour
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street; Pine Street; Wall Street; William Street
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.