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be sorry for is there in the world around you.
I hardly know why I chronicle all these things   
they make me sad as often as they amuse me.  Oh,
the tremendous drama that Life is! and what
will it result in   
  Haney, after talking to me about Saxe said  I m
getting to know a good deal about these people  
wouldn t it be worth while putting it down?  I said
Yes, but if he were to write all down, truly, it would
never do for anybody to see it while he lived.  But
I didn t say that I had been Boswellizing for how
long?                  years!
  3. Friday.  Down town to the Tribune office.  Saw
Mc Elrath.  He s going to start a weekly paper    the
Century    and I wanted to get something to do, on it. Took
my name down.   To  Omnibus  office   then to Wall St,
trying to find Tom Picton.   To Frank Leslie s.  Saw
him, Watson and old Powell.    Just now there s an epi-
demic for starting papers, despite the hard times.  Les-
lie projects a  Stars & Stripes    weekly, Ledgerish  
also a comic monthly.   Hither & thither, back heartsick,
and wet footed.
  4.  Saturday.  Harpers.  Story returned with the
usual stereotypical civilities.  Left note for Picton at
 Omnibus  office, to Pic & Sunday Times.  Saw Du
Solle and Dean, got a very civil reception   can t afford 
to pay out any more $, at present   like to have me
write   come in again.  Eheu!    Back through the mire
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-two
Description:Mentions that his story was rejected by the Harpers, and Frank Leslie is contemplating starting a new paper, ''Stars and Stripes.''
Date:1858-12-02
Subject:Dean; Du Solle; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; McElrath; Picton, Thomas; Powell, Thomas; Saxe, J.G.; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Wall Street
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.