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 the gentleman is hungry.   Banks feels insulted thereat!
  That little, low Cockney theif of a Watson has borrowed
$4 from the bar-man at Honey s, entreating him to take it
from the till  for only an hour.   Of course he has never shown
his measly face there since.   He always comes the sympathy
dodge in his borrowings.
  14.  Friday.   In doors all day, writing.  Phonography at
night.   Rawson Gill returned to the country after his mother. Mrs
Potter got talking today about Mrs  G s behaviour at auctions.
She always bid under Mrs P s name, used to get excited by com-
petition and run prices up to twice the value of the article  
sometimes out of spite towards other bidders.  And they d retaliate,
and tell her of it.          Next day she d repent and try to shuffle
off paying.    Once the auctioneer out of leniency proposed to
let her off some articles when she immediately fancied that
they were bargains, wouldn t let him have  em and   had to
dispose of  em at another sale at half price!        Being in a law-
yer s office with Mrs P. she availed herself of his absensce to read
over every paper.      What infernally mean things women will do
before one another!
  15.  Saturday.   Chores.  Down town.   Met Wurzbach, who is still
working at Frank Leslie s.  Pic Office.  Bellew there.  To Fulton St.
Saw Strong.   Returned up town, passing O Brien and a compa-
nion of his.      He rather swellishly dressed and his whiskers of
lighter color than usual.    (He is writing a burlesque, in conjunction
with Stuart (alias O Flaherty) and another, to be produced at
Wallack s.     Stuart is an Irish Jew, with bald head, black
beard and very Hebraical features.  He did some extensive
swindling villainy in Ireland, came to this country four
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's habits at auctions.
Date:1858-05-13
Subject:Auctions; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.; Strong, Thomas; Stuart, C.D.; Watson, Frederick; Women; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Fulton Street
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.