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time     satisfied with the idea of the money he could make
if he chose      Writes Alf:  I perceive in Frank Leslie s
one of those unpleasant caricatures which Sol makes  x x  also
several attempts at idealizing himself in illustrations of
the Christmas poem.    Sol must be rapidly getting a very
heavy personage.     The former is true enough.  Sol always does
idealize himself in his serious drawings.              / The engraver
Watson   Allie Vernon s former  protector  is in Boston now.
  In doors all day.    Rain, mud and misery without.
  31.  Thursday.    Talking with Mrs Church, I learn that
it is dubious whether the Kentucky lady seduced by her rascally hus
band committed suicide.    She gave birth to a child, which she com
mitted to negroes, and may have died in child-birth.  /          Down
town in the morning, to Leslie s, Pic Office &c.    Afternoon, wor-
king.    Called at Jewell s at night; returning, in Leslie s
room, where he and a Dr Norval were playing euchre,
anon in Haney s.                  A calm, mild, light night,
succeeding a windy day, in the afternoon of which was a
violent five-minutes storm.      Looking out from my
window   the old year is dead, and this entry an anach-
ronism   the city would seem unusually quiet, but for the
poppings and banging of pistols and fire-arms with which
fools are profaning a solemn event.      Some Americans would
celebrate the Day of Judgment by letting of pistols.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page forty-seven
Description:Describes a letter from Alf Waud and a conversation with Mrs. Church.
Subject:Andreotti; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eytinge, Solomon; Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; New Year; Norval, Dr.; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John; 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.