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during the summer on which I returned to England.
They slept in a timber yard near the North River,  and used
to loaf about all day long, occasionally fishing to get something
to eat.   Once they caught an eel which Edge traded away for 
food at an eating house.  He would go and get into conversa-
tion with bakers, admiring their bread and informing them of
the Parisian and English modes of making it, thus laying an
artful train to procure the offer of a gratuitous loaf, which
he and his hungry companion would share together.   Edge said
he never despaired all the time, and I can believe him.  Watson
on the contrary funked horribly and wanted to commit suicide.
They never showed in Broadway, having, I think, but one coat bet-
ween them, Edge pawning or selling his.   Twas a case of no re-
mittances from Edge s father owing to some blunder as to letters.
I think they had two months of starvation.  Levison was very
kind to Edge, lending him money and corresponding with his father
about him.    He did well as a reporter on the Herald, for his
matchless impudence   which never looked like impudence in Edge
  stood him into good stead.    He would have walked up to the
President with  Now I want you to tell me all about &c &c. 
But he was a babbler, had a world of odd, cold-blooded con-
ceit about him, and I believe got himself into some deputa-
tion to Walker the filibuster as  Mr Edge of the N. Y. He-
rald,  so that Bennett blew him up and packed him off.    He
used to patronize people in the funniest way.   He had a great
admiration for my book, read it through three or more times,
and talked of the tremendously favorable notice he would get
for it in the Herald.   I believe he so annoyed the Irishman who
does that business for the paper, that he dismissed the book with
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes Frederick Edge.
Subject:Edge; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; New York herald.; Walker, William; 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.