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publicans  but evil.                    I always come from Cha-
pin with a deeper sense of the responsibility of existence, a
desire to be better and kinder, and a wish to do my work in
the world.                     11 1/2  P. M. Leslie up to read a note
to me, which he has just written to his anticipatory mother-in-law.
He expects to be married in June.        When shall I marry
Hannah?  Let me study Phonography, and write another book. It s
that that lies nearest to my hand.
  22.  Monday.  To tailor s.  Met Leslie and with him to his
store; down town; post-office; met Bellew, returning.    Writing
all the afternoon.   To Bellew s with M. S. and drawing.  Looked
in at Greene St.  Only Mrs. Sexton and a man there.  She says
her husband s bolted to Europe   seems to take it coolly enough.
Left soon.  Edge has returned to England I hear.  He owes
money to Haney, and actually has borrowed from the boy who
waits at Honey s tavern without repaying him!  An odd, little,
weak, frail looking creature, with spectacles and such a general
feebleness of aspect that nobody would suspect him of the capa-
city to contain any vices.   He is of good family I believe, his
father being quite wealthy.    Edge behaved like a young ass, squan-
dered money, went to races, bolted and then ran off to Paris.
There he experienced some hard up-ness, used to frequent theatres,
going in free with the claque.   When he came to New York it
was with a considerable sum of money in his pocket, all of
which he gambled away at Pat Hearne s and other halls.
Then he consorted with Watson, the low, little cockney.   I
used to see them for the first time in the Pic Office, Watson
being a hanger on of Thad Glover s, and little Edge an admi-
rer and friend of Watson s.    The two did some starving together
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and six
Description:Describes Frederick Edge.
Date:1858-03-21
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Chapin, E.H.; Edge; Edge, Frederick; Farr, Mrs.; Glover, Thad; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Religion; Sexton, Francis C.; Sexton, Nelly; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Greene Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.