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good morals and decency.  Mc Elrath can t love the
Harpy s very much, for when he republished Dickens 
 Hard Times  paying, I think, $1000 for advance sheets,
they immediately reprinted it and he smashed up in conse-
quence.      This, besides a general detestation of the firm and
its ways induced the Tribune to reprint Thackeray s
 Virginians  in their weekly, when the Harpers had paid
$2000 or $3000 for it.         Looked into Pic Office, found
Cahill.  Said he was doing  nothing    getting advertisements
for Picayune not on a salary, implied that he wasn t able
to pay his board.   He has taken to  chewing.       Back, din-
ner, writing all the afternoon, to the Jewells in the evening.
Little Miss Brooks and her brother   not Pierce   in the
boarding-house parlor.        On another occasion when I called
she was sitting talking in an animated manner with a
young fellow   I should say an admirer.  She looks older,
her face longer, more womanly.         Apropos of Welden,
I notice one thing of him. When I meet him in company
with others he assumes a slightly superior, connected-with-
the-daily-press air to me; when alone he s friendly and
perhaps a little maudlin.  The man s weak   weak; thats
all.  I think he feels his degradation sometimes, and some-
times I feel sn sorry for him.      I ve a few boarding-
house items to jot down.  Mrs Pounden has gone to live
with the Blighs   not Bob Blighs.   Mrs Potter wanted her
to move up stairs; the room which she occupied being desired
for the old woman, Mrs Cooper, who is still sick abed.
This Mrs Pounden took in dudgeon and left   whereon the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-seven
Description:Regarding John McElrath, Frank Cahill, and Charles Welden.
Date:1858-12-11
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brooks, Nina; Cahill, Frank; Cooper, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); McElrath; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing; Welden, Charles
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.