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Town.  To Knickerbocker Mag. Office   saw
Noyes.   Stories not wanted   civil, complimentish,  
lots of things on hand   mostly written on commission  
would I send in something in two or three months   bosh!
Noyes is an Oliver Dyerish man and less foxy.
Asked me how  my book about New York    here he
stopped!   sold.                     Felt heartsick and Grub-
streety awhile, took story to Guernsey, let gratuitous
drawings at Pic offices and went back to my attic.
Too much  knocked  as Sol phrased it to write during
the afternoon, but did so at night, fiercely.
  28.  Sunday.  Snow coming down.  Felt feverish,
head achy and in-doorish so walked it off in a hair s
tramp up the Avenues.  Called at Welden s residence
137, 2nd Av.     I met him yesterday, the man crossing
Broadway to speak to me.  He alluded to a book I gave
him, long ago (Rabelais)   said he had then sold it,
recently repurchasing it of Tuthill.    I d written some rhymes
in it.      He said it had reminded him very much of
me.      He was a little drunk, but there was a sense of
indefinable regret and humiliation about the man which
touched me.  With his abilities he hd might have been
so different.        He lives at a stylish sort of boarding-
house, but wasn t at home.        Called at Houston St
and saw Arnold.     He s writing promiscuously, as
usual, principally for the Mercury.          Reading and
dozing the rest of the dreary day   o er the snow got
to melting.       Went to see the Jewells in the evening.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-one
Description:Mentions meeting Charles Welden in the street and attempting to visit him.
Date:1858-11-27
Subject:Arnold, George; Dyer, Oliver; Eytinge, Solomon; Guernsey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Noyes; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):136 2nd Avenue; Broadway; Houston Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.