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counter in front, and on one side, behind a parti-
tion is the editorial sanctum.       Went to work, writing
scissoring &c.   Old Benjamin down by the middle of
the day, did not come in but sat in his buggy while
people came out to be talked to.   Roberts about, troubled
with the Job like affection of boils, but lacking patriarchal
patience.   Dined indifferently enough at Crook & Duffs.
Left story at Strongs at sunset, just before coming
up town.    Dropped in at Leslie s, going Bleecker-
wards with him and his brother & Kendall.   Called
on the Jewell s at night.   A hand at whist   dull enough.
Sick, worried, feverish and not able to sleep o nights.
  6.  Thursday.  To Office by 9  .  Roberts didn t show,
Benjamin did.   Working hard till 2  , then returned
to dinner at Bleecker.   A letter from home, from my
mother and Naomi.  No news except that Dwyer   
an acquaintance of Whitelaw s, whom I knew also, is dead.
Broke a bloodvessel, in sea-sickness.    Writing, hard.
Went to hear Fanny Kemble read  Cymbeline  at Dods-
worth s hall, despite the horrible condition of the streets.
A jolly-looking woman; her reading of the stage stagey.
 Shakspere and the Musical Glasses   the latter being per-
sonified by Mrs Kemble.    Doesticks there, though I didn t
see him.   At work afterwards, till midnight and more.
  7.  Friday.  Editorializing, hither and thither between
Constellation and Omnibus offices.   Evening, drawing
on wood.   Nervous and harassed, big cold office, whirr
of wheels and talk of men   horrible weather   fog, mud,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page seventy-one
Description:Regarding his first day at the ''Constellation.''
Subject:Benjamin, Park; Constellation.; Dwyer; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kemble, Fanny; Kendall; Leslie, William; Publishers and publishing; Roberts, George; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.