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two Woods.  Bellew had been seeing his brother
Becket, his sister and her husband   our friend  the
Mejor    off for England, this day. (Aha!  Mejor,
why did you tell so many stories to avoid replacing that
same bowie-knife.  I forgive you!)    Bellew was a 
little drunk, too.   I don t like to see him so, for he
is, naturally, a gentleman, and one feels a little
shamed at his being affected by liquor.   We all
sat down.  Jefferson the actor came   joined us.  He
is the crack actor in  the American Cousin.    Talking
with him, got information apropos of it &c.   Brougham
and two other actors came, sat at adjacent table.  Drin-
king of beer, eating of welsh rarebits and smoking of
cigars, mingled with talk of business.     They want
me to do the Restaurants of New York, a la Board-
ing-Houses, for the Pic.   Agreed upon, at $6 weekly.
An hour past midnight when I left.
  20.  Thursday.  Office.  At noon to Sweeneys, to
get information, Bellew wanting me to start with that.
A stylish place to what it was in my day.   Saw the old
man and son.   Back.  Work.     With Roberts by 2  
to the Copyright Office, to see about  American Cousin 
if registered.   Left him at Taylors.  Up town,
dinner, a doze which I needed horribly, then wri-
ting, writing, writing.
  21.  Friday.  Office.   To Sweeney s again, to John
Orr s the engravers , to add something to Williams  cut.  Orr
I found in the same rooms he occupied nine years ago,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eighty-five
Description:Describes a night out at the ''House of Lords'' with Frank Bellew and others.
Subject:Actors; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Brougham, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jefferson; Orr, John; Piercy; Piercy, Mrs.; Roberts, George; Theater; Williams (engraver); Wood, Frank; Wood, John A.
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.