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O Brien and  The Diamond Lens.    Watson was lying about
O B, saying he d swindled the Harpers of $50, having first
sold the story to them and then got it back on pretence of altering
it.   There was nearly a fight.    Watson hates O B, who insul-
ted him once.  Muggin s Dog    Darcy was present.        Down
town early, saw Pouden at his store, called at Strongs. Return.
Writing.  Bellew up at evening.   Talk of Watson.   The name is
an alias.   He committed some rascality at an uncle s expense   he
being in his relative s employ   in England which necessitated his
ex-patriation.  So now his brother has to sink the family name,
also, whatever it may be.   Watson is a small Cyder-cellary, scan-
ty-reddish whiskered, unwholesome-complexioned, low Londoner,
who has a passion for the theatre, knows all about London
actors and pieces, and is curiously destitute of any real criti-
cal judgment and ability, being thoroughly gas-lighty in all his
opinions.   He believes in all the dreary tawdry stage rot which
goes for towards making men of sense think the theatre a bore
and a superstition, rendering each visit to it less a matter of
inclination and pleasure that the one which preceded it.  He   Wat-
son is a thorough little knave, has got kicked out   literarly   of
houses where he s run up $50 bills for board and liquor, has
swindled poor lodging-house people, begged and borrowed money
of Haney, never repaying it   like Banks.   I ve heretofore
put down how he was packed off from a boarding-house for a 
dirty attempt to sneak into the Biddies  bed-rooms.   Haney sold
him a coat for some nominal price   which was never paid.  The
cub also borrowed a pair of pants, told a pitiful story of his
hability to be turned out of doors for non-payment of board, got
a loan of $5 or so, and then spent it that night in treating
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page ninety-five
Description:Describes theater critic Fred Watson.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Darcy, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pounden, Frank; Theater; Watson, Frederick
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.