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cinatti commercial paper (hence probably his inti-
macy with Mac Lenan who was born in Hogopolis) which
together with his wife and family   four or five children
  he abandoned for a married woman of the Allie
Vernon stripe with whom he lives now, miserably enough.
Levison and Haney met him once, when he intimated his
intention to commit suicide, saying he  was going to hell
direct.    He is not constant to his mistress nor   in all
probability   is she faithful to him.   He had an affair
with  Getty Gay    another little, literaryish strumpet of
the Allie V. order who writes idiotic bosh in one of the
Sunday papers.   I believe he got into a quarrel with Under-
hill about her.     Cahill recollected something of it as oc-
curring at the Ornithoryncus.      Also Gayler was especially
down upon Wilkins of the Herald, and used to talk of
him as  a d____d  Life in Boston  black mailer  &c &c.
Gayler can sing a good song.    All his instincts and
characteristics are Irish.       Strongs Notions could hardly
have been more stupidly edited under his own control.  Banks
will be a spectacle for gods and men on assuming the edito-
rial (!) chair.     He ll swear Bai Jove! he s been keeping
quiet for the last five years, and now, Bai Jove! he s got
the chance he s been looking for and people shall see what
is in him!!                             Left Mort & Gayler   the
former goes to Boston to night   and to Bleecker.   Overhauling
M.S. to Dixon in the evening, read article, he hugely
pleased with it.    Talked the evening, out for ale, then
parted.   Dixon cashed up $13   all but $2 of the $20.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-five
Description:Regarding Charles Gayler and Banks.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Cahill, Frank; Dixon, E.H.; Gayler, Charles; Gay, Getty (Gertrude Louise Wilmshurst); Gayler, Charles, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; McLenan, John; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Underhill, Ed; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Wilkins, Ed. G. P.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.