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life-time.    To me, whose faith in the achievements of
man has always been large and hopeful, the incredulity
of most folks about this enterprise has been surprising.
Not an American, excepting perhaps Haney, do I know, who
believed in it s success.  Only yesterday  Doesticks  was denoun-
cing it to me as a humbug; my Doctor as quite edifying, a
week ago on his skepticism.        I suppose the majority are
always inclined to be on the old world, conservative side;
if the thing fail they then pride themselves on their superior
sagacity, if it be a success every body is so well pleased
that all croakings and croakers are forgotten.    I ve noticed
this in relation to the friends or attendants on sick people.
Shakes of the head and  I don t think he ll live!  has estab-
lished the reputation of innumerable Mrs Gamps!      Cahill
and Sears in Gun s room.    The first and last
out subsequently drinking and burglar-chasing, in which
Cahill got his breeches torn.   This was at 2 A. M.
  17.  Tuesday.  Corbyn up to invite me to a day s fish-
ing.  Going round to Arnold s to notify him also, in com-
pany with Cahill, they went to a tavern, met Gun,
and fell to drinking.     Cahill came back about 4, drunk
  he had not recovered, at breakfast time, from his last 
nights debauch.     In doors at Phonography and scribbling
till evening.   Talking with Mrs Church after supper,
and subsequently walked down town with her and Mrs Potter,
to see the illuminations, but we were two hours behind time.
  18.  Wednesday.  Down town early.   To Frank Leslie s,
in the editorial room.   Old Powell telling slanderous lies about
Dickens.    To Pic Office.  Return up town.  Writing till mid-night
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Comments on the first trans-Atlantic telegraph.
Subject:Arnold, George; Blakeman, Dr.; Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Corbyn, Wardle; Dickens, Charles; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Potter, Mrs.; Powell, Thomas; Sears, Jack; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.