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times before I got paid $5, and when I did, I had a
bad fifty cent piece put upon me!   My business to day was
to change it.)   Talk and cigar with Nordhoff, Bonner busy
as usual, on Mondays   going-to-press day.  Saw him for a
few minutes.  To Pic Office.  Return.  Phonography.  Wrote
to George Bolton in the afternoon.   Phonography and overhaul-
ing story at night.   A good day s work.            Out with Rawson
and Leslie to Honey s for a rarebit and ale.   Cahill was there
at the centre tale with Darcy, Watson, Hawthorne and Da-
venport, the actor.
  20.  Tuesday.  Rain.  Harpers , Pic and Post Office &c.
Return up town by 12.  Found Cahill at Honey s, in company
with Watson.   The latter is a very short man, even to diminuti-
veess, has a most unhealthy town-bred pallor of complexion, a
rather longish chin, and is altogether a most unpleasant looking
little scrub.        Phonography & chores   plenty of  em.
  21.  Wednesday.  Drawing on wood.   Phonography &c
Down town at 5 1/2, the rain leaving off and sun coming out.
Leslie s, Pick & Ross & Tousey s.    At night to Lexington Ave-
nue in compliance with a note from Mrs Levison, which I
got yesterday stating that she  needed the advise of a disin-
terested friend.    Found her in a neatly furnished back
parlor, with her younger sister.   Let her talk.   T was all
about  Nic-nax  with discursive remarks on the Picayune.
The woman is full of mean suspicions of Haney.   When
The  Nic-nax  was started Levison furnished capital,
and undertook for his share of the labor the business part,
buying paper, seeing to printing, keeping books &c, while Haney
agreed to devote his whole time to the editorship.  Profits
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes going to see Mrs. Levison on her request for his advice about ''Nic Nax.''
Date:1858-04-19
Subject:Bolton, George; Bonner, John; Cahill, Frank; Darcy, John; Davenport, Adolphus; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hawthorne; Leslie, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New York picayune.; Nic nax.; Nordhoff; Publishers and publishing; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Lexington Avenue
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.