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  1.  Thursday.  Wrote an article for the Pic.  To Bellew s
with it. A walk and dinner.  To Parton s in the afternoon.
Fanny confined to her room by one of her headaches, the girl s
gone to the theatre with the Doesticks , and Miss J returned to
Idlewild.  Supped with Parton, bachelor-fashion.  A ramble and
cigar in the evening.
  2.  Friday.  Returned to New York by noon.  To the  Sun 
office, seeing H. Beach.  He, in conjunction with others, talks of
starting a comic paper.  To Nic-nax and Pic Offices.  Up town.
  3.  Saturday.  At Bellew s in the morning.  Down town in the
afternoon, to F. Leslie s, Pic Office &c.    To Wallacks, to
see  Jessie Brown of Lucknow.    Effective, dramatic, touching,
horribly absurd and eminently Bourcicaultish.  Agnes Robertson
a sweet little actress.  Dropped into Honey s subsequently for
supper.  Found Cahill there in company with Hawthorne (the
scene-painter at Laura Keene s)  Muggin s-dog.  Darcy and
a big Skye terrier who sat in his own chair beside, and look-
ed honester than his master.   Darcy was one of the writers
for Bell s Life and other sporting London papers, did some
theft or forgery or little excentricity of that sort, and is now
one of the leading spirit s of  Porter s Spirit.  He is a Jew, has a longish,
oval, flat face, fringed with thin black whiskers, a moustache
waxed into stiff points, and a conceited, false, sporting,
Londonish expression of countenance.  He was well dressed
and talkative on the subject of the dog.  Watson came in, and
Darcy began at him about some article which did not
appear in the Courier   Darcy having wanted it to appear, or
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes writer Darcy.
Subject:Beach; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Darcy, John; Dogs; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hawthorne; Jacobs, Louisa; Parton, James; Robertson, Agnes; Theater; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.