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  16.  Sunday.   A walk with Gun in the morning, Haney
joining us in Union Square.     To the  church of the Holy Zebra 
as it s popularly nicknamed from it s appearance, alternate
layers of red and white stone, tremendously pork-choppy in
aspect   in the evening, with Mrs Church to hear Bellows.
A noble sermon.  The man s a scholar, a gentleman, a Christian
and a Unitarian.          To Edwards subsequently.   Sally s birthday.
  17.  Monday. Out to tailor s.  Writing all day.  Finished story
I m going to take to  Golden Prize  as a breadwinner.  Haney came
home to dinner with news of Herbert s suicide.  At night went
round to Arnold s, found nobody there but a little London Jew
who called himself an Englishman, had boarded at Holt s eight
years ago and knew me.   He had just returned from Costa
Rica, having been employed there as engineer on a river boat, and
was social and chatty.     Arnold didn t come, so I went to Honey s
thinking he might be there.  Found Banks boring a man over
a mug of ale.    In twenty minutes he   Banks   only produced
three of his productions for me to read, two in type, one M S.
The latter was an idiotic doggrel called the  Song of the Church
Ladle,  full of stupid slang   (there is clever, justifiable slang)
  and brutal, vulgar sentiment.    Banksian grammar   which
is to say none at all, too.      Talking of Herbert Banks said
he had avoided being introduced to him!   This I think   of
course not crediting it   the severest thing that will be said about
the wretched suicide   God forgie him!   There s a moral in this
tavern anecdote.          Bellew and Gun came in.  Stood at the
bar for at least an hour, Banks talking ceaselessly to Bellew.
(He went up and effected a reconciliation a week or so ago.
As Bellew had licked him of course he hadn t much to forgive.)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Regarding the suicide of Henry William Herbert.
Date:1858-05-16
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Bellows; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Herbert, Henry William; Holt, Mrs.; Suicide
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Union Square
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.