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for life makes us selfish.       Writing till sunset,
finishing comic story with drawing to it.   Mort Thomson
and Arnold came up, the latter to borrow a book, the
former to se Haney.       Evening chores, and by 9, round
to Houston St.   Indifferent piano-playing heard in Arnold s
room   evidently some woman or women there.  Gun came out,
went up in his room, Cahill went down, Arnold appeared &
Sears.  A good deal of going in & out   Sears understood
to be convoying feminine  party  off.    Nothing but innuendo
and brothel talk for a good hour, when I left.
  16.  Thursday.  Called on Blakeman, then to 17th Street,
to see Park Benjamin, not in, went again at 11.  Parton
had given me an introductory letter   an exceedingly friendly
one   to the editor of the forth-coming Constellation.   A plump
grey-haired, lame man, a long, peculiarly-made crutch lying
on the carpet beside him.  Talked a good deal, seemed
genial, but spready   perhaps fussy and opinionative.  He
gave me a very hearty reception.  Left M.S. stories   he
suggested subject for editorial   said he d pay for it, if publisher
didn t   that it should go in if he had to copy it out in his
own handwriting.      To Bellew s, to borrow Sanger s book for
review   stayed an hour or so   down town as far as Blee-
cker in car with him.   After dinner to Spruce St, to see
Roberts, proprietor of  Constellation.   He gone.  Looked into Broad
way Pic office near Canal.  A little shop, boy in it, big grotes-
que pictures of Bellew s hanging on walls.     Evening, scribbled
the last three and a half pages, when Hitchings and Oliver
Hillard came up.  Smoke, a mild tod, and talk.  Hillard
knows Park Benjamin.             Apropos of the latter,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty-six
Description:Mentions calls of Blakeman and Park Benjamin, editor of the ''Constellation.''
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Benjamin, Park; Blakeman, William; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hillard, Oliver; Hitchings; Parton, James; Roberts, George; Sears, Jack; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):17th Street; Bleecker Street; Broadway; Canal Street; Houston Street; Spruce 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.