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anecdotes of North, of his borrowings, improvidence
and frequent talk of suicide.  He got turned out of one
boarding-house for not paying his rent, and though continu-
ed by Clapp not to incur the same risk in his next abode,
loafed for two weeks, accepted money from Clapp to pay
up, didn t do it but squandered the sum in a brothel
and   got turned out again.   He borrowed from everybody,
never paying.   Clapp made his acquaintance in England,
knew him also in Paris.      He would enter Clapp s room,
announce his intention to commit self murder, bid him
good-bye and go off   Clapp not even caring to remonstrate,
knowing nothing would come of it.  Clapp says he always
made preparations for being interrupted.       At the time
of the suicide they were not friends, Clapp having objected
to North s persisting in being third party to a friend s
dinners, and further offended him by what the nar-
rator characterized as  a joke.    I must put it down,
it is so suggestive of the men, the society the wretched sui-
cide moved in.     They were at a party.     Said some one
 I go against God!   So do I!  chimes in North.  Gen-
tlemen,  replies Clapp,  that s not fair   it s two against
one!              How much more terrible a tragedy is there
in North s real life and death, than ^|in| the wretched bosh
into which he idealized himself in fiction.
  7.  Tuesday.  Phonography, writing &c.  Out in the
afternoon, here and there, going as far as Chambers
Street.   Wrote a little at night.    Out, for ale, at Haney s
with Leslie and a friend of his.            He, Leslie, is a little
thrown out of evening employment   not having to write
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-six
Description:Regarding Henry Clapp's tales of William North.
Date:1858-09-06
Subject:Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; North, William; Suicide
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Chambers 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.