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  30.  Thursday.  Making sketches, then down
town.  Twice or three times to the  Constellation  Office,
missing Roberts each time, to the  Omnibus  office & to
Harpers.    Returned through snow and slush.  Writing
till midnight or longer.                   O Brien s break of
with Frank Leslie, the particulars of which I heard
the other day, is funny and characteristic.  He had
agreed to furnish a serial story for the  Stars and Stripes, 
which they had announced grandiloquently in circular &
advertisement.     Well time came for copy, O B said he
had no place to write in &c, so they fixed up a room
for him in the building. He loafed awhile, then declared
he must have a bottle of Heidseick and cigars, when he
would incontinently blaze away.   Cigars and champagne
were procured.     He drank the latter, smoked the former,
wrote ten pages and then left   taking M. S. with him.
Next day Clapp, who has heretofore officiated as O Brien s
jackal, comes round, says that O B can t write without
money in his pocket and must have $100!   This ended
the affair.        Doesticks declared, before his loss, that he
wouldn t write for it, Brougham will do scarcely anything
  so Watson confessed to me   and I won t write unless
I get money paid when I bring in copy.  It s time to break
off with bad paymasters.
  31.  Friday.  Hydropathically horrible, slush, drizzle,
thawing snow, mire, mud, misery.    In doors doing
some, though not much writing, for I m hardly well,
till after dinner.    Then down town through the filth
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page sixty-six
Description:Regarding Fitz James O'Brien not writing a serial story he had promised to Frank Leslie's ''Stars and Stripes.''
Subject:Brougham, John; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; O'Brien, Fitz James; Publishers and publishing; Roberts, George; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.