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to be pitched into   he didn t care which.  I think it
was abusive of Ullman the Opera lessee.  Darcy abused Watson
roundly, with oaths and obscene phrases, going off into
a disquisition on the weekly press and the merits of each
newspaper as   to its adaptation for what Rabelais calls a torcheaul pur-
poses.   Watson, according to his want, affected a candid
depravity about everything.  The talk was dreary and cock-
neyish.    They abused people they knew, knew all the dirty
sides of actors lives, and assumed the lowest standard
of motives and morals.      I ate my Welch rarebit, drank
my ale and listened.  Hawthorne said little, has a quaint
odd, honest face.  Cahill kept inviting the company to drink.
At about 1 we got home, Darcy leaving us at our door.
  4.  Sunday.  Over to Pounden s.   A walk over the hills
with him and Bob Bligh in the afternoon, and a long one.
  5.  Monday.  Returned to New York with Pounden.   Post &
Pic Offices, then up-town, meeting Arnold by the way.   Bellew
called, wanting me to do an article for the Pic.   At it till 9.
  6.  Tuesday.  A letter from Mary Ann, very incoherent-
ly written and with the usual scanty allowance of feminine
punctuation; so that one actually reads,  lifted in and out 
like a baby my legs are like Broom Sticks in fact am
a perfect miracle raised up by the Almighty Diarrhea
wearing on me.   I m really very sorry
for her sickness but the way of describing it is tremendously
Mrs Flora Finchingish.   She wants me to visit them.
Drawing.  To Bellews, then down town to Pic Office &c.
Doing chores, Phonography &c, the rest of the day.
7.	Wednesday.  Wrote to Mary Ann.  Down town to Leslie s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes listening to a conversation between Darcy and Watson.
Date:1858-04-03
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Bligh, Robert; Cahill, Frank; Darcy, John; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawthorne; Pounden, Frank; Ullman, Bernard E.; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.