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unsatisfactory day.  Just now I ve got nothing to
do to pay current expenses and have to draw on my little
savings, which I hate. Such notions as I ve taken to Bonner
of late, he don t want   though ten times stupider ones appear
in the paper every week.  But they re by Mc Lenan who certain-
ly draws excellently   and then it s known that he has plenty
of money and don t want work, hence he has plenty of it.
I stick to Phonography, but any progress seems ridiculously
small contrasted with what lies before me.    From the Pic
one only gets driblets of $2 & $4 at a time, though Gun
is a very good fellow.    Frank Leslie is always costive as to
payment. And these three are, at present, my only sources
of income.

			May.
  1.  Saturday.  In doors all the day.  Working fitfully,
discursively, miserably, unsatisfactorily   Phonography, rea-
ding and indigestion.         I ve done Haney wrong in what I
put down on Monday last.  Going into his room at night
and getting talking, incidentally it came out that he has
bothered and troubled by his own private family affairs
of late, not to mention  Nic Nax  and Mrs Levison.
She has made the amende dis-honorable   eaten all her
words and mean suspicions.   Wilbour owes Haney $100 for
wood-pecking.      I ll let what I put down stand as an
instance of hasty and unjust judgment.   How mighty little
do we know of one another s private thoughts and troubles!
2.	Sunday.  Phonography & pottering about, helping
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Describes a talk with Jesse Haney to clear up matters between them.
Date:1858-04-30
Subject:Bonner, John; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Leslie, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; McLenan, John; Nic nax.; Wilbour
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.