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band, thinks him rather an agreable man than othersise,
and fancies that his odious attempts at jocularity   chiefly con-
sisting in dreary lying   are very clever.      Tacitly everybody
shuns the man.    She is older than he, and probably
she rules him    tis a pity she can t do it more thoroughly.
  I saw little Miss Brooks one day last week, for five minutes.
She called on her brother, and, I thought, looked rather sick.
  26.  Wednesday.  In doors all the drenching day.  Chores,
phonography, letter to Dillon Mapother.    Gun playing cribbage
with Haney at night, he a little boozy.  Cahill with Clapp at
Wallacks to see a new burlesque by Stuart, O Brien and another.
It was produced last night, not a success.  Haney & Clapp called
for the authors but the less interested audience requested them to
 Dry up!  So a scene with three stuffed figures, prepared for the
occasion, wasn t available!!
  27.  Thursday.  Round to Arnold s for half an hour.  Cahill
there.   Rain all day sans intermission.   Phonography.  Letters
to my mother and Naomi.
  28.  Friday.  A dubious day clearing up into sunshine.
Down town; Frank Leslie s &c &c.    Return.  Phonography
at night.   I feel illish and have just been sick in the
English sense.     Cahill determined on total abstinence
or nearly so, penitent and grave.    Anecote told by him
of the recent  drunk.  He and Gun are in  the Store.   Barman,
to the latter.  Are you looking for your friend Sir?  He is un-
der the table!  Gun reels round and tumbles on top of him.
  29.  Saturday.  To Harper s.  Bonner back.   To Leslie s,
Pic Office &c.   Phonography.     Sick, to bed by 7 1/2.
30.	Sunday.  With Haney, Cahill & Gun to Hoboken.  There
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Regarding a burlesque written by Stuart and O'Brien.
Date:1858-05-25
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Bonner, John; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mapother, Dillon; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pounden; Pounden, Mrs.; Stuart, C.D.; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.