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It was curious to watch Bellew s face during Banks  jabber.
Patience, wonder, dismay, consternation and exhau-
stion succeeded each other.   He said just four brief sentences du-
ring the continuance of the performance.   Gun was alternately
talking to me and inviting all of us to drink.    It rained hard
when we got out   Banks talking Bellew to the door, every-
body looking at him   so Gun must needs have us into  The Store 
for more drinks.    Bellew escaped, and I got my abbreviated
namesake home by half past twelve.
  18.  Tuesday.  Down town to  Golden Prize  Office, saw Arnold
and left M. S.   To Pic Office. Bellew there and Gun.  Rain; rode
uptown.   Evening, round to Arnold s, with him, Sears and a
fellow boarder.                                       I was introduced to Her-
bert in 1849, on coming to this country, at Stringer and Town-
send s the publishers.   Having seen a portrait of  Ned Buntline 
and not knowing the fellow s character, I fancied Herbert the
man and thinking the recognition might be a compliment (!)
said so!   The publishers roared but Herbert got rather exci-
ted, exclaiming  For God s sake don t take me for that scoun-
drel!   call me Burke or Hare, or Thurtell, but not Ned
Buntline.        I have seen him more than once subsequently, and
remember him at the  Sachem  office door with Picton and others
about him.     He impressed me as a very overbearing, self willed
man.    As an instance of his passionate nature, he once drew
a bowie knife in Stringer & Townsend s office, set a box wood
block up edgewise and chopped it to pieces.   He had made a
drawing on it which wasn t wanted, and which they demurred
at paying for or something of the sort.    One of the publishers
was horribly frightened.          Herbert s death, like North s,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Gives his recollections of Henry William Herbert.
Date:1858-05-17
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Buntline, Ned; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Herbert, Henry William; North, William; Picton, Thomas; Sears, Jack; Stringer and Townsend (New York, N.Y.)
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.