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after Oliver.  He s dead.  Died of the yellow fever,
three years ago, on his return down south from the usual
summer s visit to the north, after two or three days sick-
ness.    I inquired as to his marriage.   It seems he wedded
his cousin   about whom I think I remember some slight
rallying passing between him and Keene Richards, though I
fancied the latter the candidate matrimonial.     One child is
the result of the union.      The old Judge, Kellam s uncle is
alive yet.             So the handsome, kindly, impetuous,
self-willed young Louisianian is gone!      I liked the fel-
low and am sorry for it!     I had hoped to have shaken
hands with him again, some day   had sometimes run my
eye over the lists of hotel arrivals in the expectation I might
find his name down as a sojourner at the St Nicholas,
where all the Southerners go.    How distinctly I remember
him!    I m sorry he s dead.                        Keene Richards is
I know all right, I have seen his name in connection with
the Arab horses, in Sporting Papers.    Neither of him or
of Maurice Keene could Pope give me any information. He
only seems to know Oliver s widow and has never been to
the Louisianian estates.
  19.  Friday.  In doors all day, re-writing and condens-
ing story I took to Harpers before going in the country.  Diar-
rheish and weak   had to take some laudanum to try and
check the former.   The day cold and blusterous, the wind
keeping up a mournful sighing among the housetops.  Ah,
hearty Kellam where s your wraith now? in what un-
tried realm of existence has your sturdy actuality drifted
to?
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirteen
Description:Regarding learning about the death of Oliver Kellam from the artist Pope.
Date:1858-11-18
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Kellam, Oliver, Mrs.; Pope (artist); Richards, Addison Keane
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.