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my name-sake carry up books &c.  Out with him for a
before dinner  walk to Madison Square, the rain and dull-
ness of the last day and a half clearing off bravely.   In doors
till evening.    Chapins  with Mrs Church, then to Edwards ,
where I found Haney.    Matty back from Rochester, and looking
very pretty.
  3.  Monday.  Out.  Drew $12 from Savings Bank to pay
board.  Down town.  Return.  Writing, painfully and slowly
all the afternoon, trying a story for Harper s .   Warmed up to
it at night   saw my way clear.   O Brien at supper.  He
had, this day, written a note to Bob Gun, saying that he was
too ill to supply his chapter of a story for the Pic!  Gun
was at table.    O Brien has chosen to play off some of his
insolent airs at the honest Scotchman s expense   I believe be-
cause he couldn t get money from him.     O B has $4 a column
for his story, and got a suit of clothes out of it, by an order
on an advertising tailor.   All right enough, but the Scotchman
is ten times the better fellow.    He seems a thoroughly effective
business man, hasn t any miserable affectations, has taught
himself French and German, plays the cornet-a-piston and
flute (a little,) can row and box and is generally healthy-
natured.
  4. Tuesday.  Down town. Pic Office.  Bellew there.  With
him to Mataran s.  While there, talking of a series of articles
on New York Restaurants which it has been partially agreed
upon that I shall do for the Pic   a la Boarding-house Physio-
logy; Bellew said that he happened to speak of it to O Brien
the other day, when O B had immediately remarked that he
had long entertained a similar action   we mustn t be supri-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Describes Bob Gun, and Frank Bellew's proposal for Gunn to write a series of articles for the ''New York Picayune'' on New York restaurants.
Date:1858-05-02
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Edwards, Martha; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; New York picayune.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Madison Square
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.