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to be remembered to me.    Hanged if I recollect
her, otherwise than as a showily-handsome girl who
danced with Boutcher, and perhaps with myself, on
the deck, the night the Wenham lay in London docks.
Her brother (I remember him) has married the girl
he left behind him and is extant in New York.
Arthur Allom  complains of his lover  as of old and
talks less Priapus-really now the cold weather has come.
Braithwaite, Amy s jilted lover, has consoled himself
with an Australian wife.    Honest George Clarke just
as usual and is going to lecture on  beauty in Common
things to an Upton audience.     Cornelius Bagster  pigs
in the same place, with his huge wife and children.
amid the same dreadful stink as if the ghosts of
those mashed Zoophytes (?) still haunted the scene of
their untimely end.   He is writing a history of the Fly  
the common blue-bottle   which he thinks the most
important animal in creation, and the most worthy
of his historical research.   He is obtaining the sig-
nification of the word in every known language. x  x
He read me  writes Boutcher  some portions, treat-
ing on its vast fecundity.       Thus Boutcher.   To
Park Benjamin s again, to get M. S. of story left
with him.  Found him in the basement with a Rev.
Mr Peck, father of the girl who claimed to have writ-
ten the head and tail of  Nothing to Wear.    He
talked about it   over much   and, I think, made
out a case.  Down town. (Benjamin pronounced the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page sixty-three
Description:Describes a letter received from William Boutcher.
Date:1858-12-28
Subject:Allom, Amy; Allom, Arthur; Bagster, Cornelius Birch; Bagster, Cornelius Birch, Mrs.; Benjamin, Park; Boutcher, William; Braithwaite; Clarke, George; d'Ebro, Baroness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Peck; Wenham (Ship)
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.