told us he saw this Pounden talking to prostitutes one
night in the street.
16. Tuesday. A Letter from Alf Waud. His father is
dead. A fortnight ago, he writes, we received letters containing the
news of our father s sudden decease, from inflammation, after a
weeks illness. His death leaves mother in rather straightened cir-
cumstances, and necessitates our doing our best to assist her.
x x Of course Will and I are missed &c and are urged to
go home. x x I told Julia (his sister) that I have a wife and
family to support, explaining that I had concealed the fact out of
regard to mother, who might consider me, in consequence, as more
unlikely to go back than if single. x x I wish they were here,
and have hinted as much. Mrs Waud s position occasions a
bit of surprise, Alf had always supposed or said his father
was very well off. More news items. Waud & family are living
at Malden wherever that may be. Ballou s paper never so dis-
reputable as at present, he talking of having to get round sharp
corners, as though he lived in a labyrinth of angles. Damoreau
doesn t flourish and is said to catch it badly from his wife in
consequence. Ware, Waud characterizes as a slow little man
saying that Damoreau toadied him, as an offshoot of our first
families as his wife s suggestions. Andrew the same drunken
old Silenus as ever, and Bricher a low-lived engraver started
in opposition to him next door. Thus Waud. Downtown.
Phonography at night.
17. Wednesday. To Harpers. Got paid $27. Post Office.
Broadway alive with Irish regiments, it being St Patricks day.
Called at Bellew s. Phonography.
18. Thursday. Drawing. In the afternoon down town,
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and two|
|Description:||Describes a letter from Alfred Waud about his father's death.|
|Subject:||Andrew, John; Ballou, Maturin Murray; Bellew, Frank; Bricher; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Jewell, Mary (Waud); O'Brien, Fitz James; Pounden; Prostitutes; Saint Patrick's Day; Ware, John; Waud; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Julia; Waud, Mrs.; Waud, William|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]; [Boston, Massachusetts]|
|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.|