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fellows at a tavern.   He was employed for a week or
two at the Pic Office in Leveison s time.    Once, when he talked
of going to a masked ball Levison told him to clean his teeth
  then nobody would recognize him!    He has written farces
and theatrical pieces, makes dreary puns, gets drearily drunk
and is generally looked upon as a cub.   When Cahill tackled
him last night, he acknowledged he was lying about O Brien  
a very superfluous thing by the way.   Truth s quite enough!
  10.  Wednesday.  In doors, writing &c till afternoon.  To Bel-
lew s and the Major s.  The Mejor  put his head out of the room
and came on to the landing place, looking rather flaccid and
weary. I asked him for my bowie knife which I lent to him
during his  Pasha -ship.   He said his man of business   I pre-
sume that blustering, drunken loafer he talked of taking into 
partnership   had it, he d get it when went down town &c &c.
I suppose I shall lose it.   The Mejor thinks of returning to En-
gland, I believe.   Down Broadway.  Met Wood.  He says
the Thomson s and Allie & Josey interchange visits, are quite
intimate. Sol never has more than a dollar or so, let him earn
what he will   hands it over to Allie, who, of course, is ma-
king a purse for herself.   Met Cahill. A walk.  Honey s.
Writing.  Studying Phonograhy at night.
  11.  Thursday.  Down town.  Pic Office. To Bellew s.
Return. Drawing.        Mrs Brooks has applied, through her
son, to Mrs Potter, for board for herself and little Nina, during
the month of April!   Mrs P would like to have  em but can t afford
to lose Leslie.  She was talking to me of her difficulties and
debtors.  The Poundens are $150, Cahill $70 odd and old
Townsend $30 or more.  Add to which pecuniary non-get-at-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page ninety-six
Description:Mentions Mrs. Potter's troubles with debtors at her boarding house.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Levison, William; New York picayune.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Piercy; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden; Pounden, Mrs.; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Townsend (boarder); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Watson, Frederick; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.