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till the afternoon.  Called on Blakeman. Wri-
ting at night.
  22.  Wednesday.  Down town, to Constellation Office.
Park Benjamin there & Roberts, lot of people in front of the
counter, carts outside, carpenters, painters and composi-
tors at work.  In the sanctum.   Roberts too busy to  make
an arrangement,  old Benjamin talkative as usual.  Asked
if I d done editorial on the N. Y. stage   and on my men-
tioning that I was going to hear Holmes lecture proposed
my reporting it, wrote note &c.  Back and to work wri-
ting till evening, then to Clinton Hal.    House pretty full
half an hour ahead.  Got in front, subsequently moving
into reportorial quarters   only one other there.    Holmes is
not at all a distinguished looking man, smallish, prim,
thoughtful and very Bostonian   Bellew whom I met sub-
sequent to the lecture characterized his physiognomy as that
of a  mean-looking Emerson.    It s painful to write it, but
 the Autocrat  really looked something like the Professor  
our Professor   Mrs Potter s Professor.   The lecture was
admirable throughout   more of deep thought than humor.
As I jotted three fourths of it down, I shan t repeat the 
labor here.      Holmes came up to us at the conclusion, giving
me a printed synopsis of his lecture, scissored from a
newspaper.   Noyes of the Knickerbocker was there, also
young Wood, Bellew s new editor   not Frank Leslie s Wood.
  Back blazing away at editorial, finishing it by 12 or
thereabouts.
22.	Thursday.  To Benjamin s, read editorial to him,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty-nine
Description:Describes attending a lecture by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Date:1858-12-21
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Benjamin, Park; Blakeman, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Sr.; Lectures and lecturing; Martin, Professor; Noyes; Roberts, George; Wood, Frank
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.