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  {7.  Tuesday.       Mostly in doors, writing, draw-
  8.  Wednesday.}       ing, being nervous   with bits of
perusal of Carlyle s  Friedrich II.   Weather horrible,
ceaseless rain.
  9.  Thursday.  Down-town, to Post, Pic & Tri-
bune office.  Met Mort Thomson; with him again to
Tribune Office, to Rudd & Carleton s (his publishers)
to get copy of his recently-born  Witches of New York. 
Met Gaylor.  Banks has supervised him in editing (!)
Strong s Yankee Notions!   Gayler did little else than
abuse Mc Lenan, saying that John had no notion of
fun, never had an idea in his life &c   that he, Gay-
ler had put  hundreds of dollars  in Mac s pocket, by
suggestions &c   that Mac had been  ungratified  to him
  with much more.   Judging from the stupidity of Mac s
notions, I should think it highly probable that Gayler
had favored him with the ideas and cursedly bad ones.  I defended Mac, on
principle, for he is an artist and can put splendid
effect in his drawings.   Gayler is a tall, burylish
man with an over-rich complexion, (something of an Irish
voice   I always suspect him of Celtic descent) and
plenty of self esteem which manifests itself unpleasant-
ly when he s conversing with those whom he considers
his inferiors.  He sings a good song, makes puns,
and wouldn t be a bad tavern-king were he not prone
to attempting rough-riding over others.    He can write
parodies and dogged   nothing else.  Born (so he gives
out) in New York he once had a good position on a Cin-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-four
Description:Regarding Charles Gayler and John McLenan.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bohemians; Books and reading; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McLenan, John; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.