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In the new pic office, Broadway, at Bellew s
instigation they ve exposed sundry burlesque curiosities
as the brick and cudgel with which two Washington sena
tors assaulted one another; the potato which a man,
who has figured absurdly in a recent divorce case,
threw at his wife; Douglas  shirt after a  stumping 
campaign   a wretchedly tattered article, almost no-
thing but front and sleeves.   (Last my suggestion.)  Well,
as a rule the general public regard them with most edify-
ing gravity.    Recently a gigantic bone from some geo-
logic beast has been added, labeled as some extraordi-
nary named toe-joint appertaining to a skeleton, which
two rascally  Spiritualist  doctors fable to have been
mysteriously transported, by supernatural agency
from Hartford to New York.   Well, this doesn t pro-
voke a smile.        Instance No 2.   Haney s Nic-
nax, full of Bellew s pretty, kindly, funny, exqui-
sitely humorous drawings   meets with very, very limi-
ted success.    I m sure Englishmen love to laugh
more and are a thousand fold better audience.   The
American Eagle is a dull bird for everything but dollars.
  14.  Friday.  Office, editorializing till 2, and
writing till midnight.   Haney over to Brooklyn as
  15  Saturday.  Office, hard at work till 2 or later,
writing like blazes.   Briggs came in; had a chat with
him.    To Pic Office & with Wood (not Frank Leslie s
Wood)  looking for Bellew, unsuccessfully.  Then up-town,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page seventy-six
Description:Comments on the American sense of humor.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Briggs, Charles F.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.