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red and dreary sunset, tramp of people, felt used-
up, nervous, sick and utterly miserable.   So at length
got on stage and came   home.   To bed directly.
  23.  Sunday.  Icy and cold and sunny.   With Haney
to Bellews in the afternoon   now at 17th Street.  Left
them after half an hour, dropped in upon Benjamin,
just returned from a lecturing tour.   He talked, friendly,
explosively, wearisomely.   Out into the ice-cold, blue af-
ternoon again; through the church   returning Fifth Avenue,
feeling like Lazarus witnessing Dives  feast-going
guests.   Oh! the pretty handsomely-dressed women and
apparently well-to-do prosperous men! The pleasant
chatty suggestion of homes and firesides awaiting them!
To Chapin s at night.   Church full, had to stand at
gallery door.   Subsequently to Edwards    Haney there.
  24.  Monday.   A letter from Hannah.    To
Office, had talk with Roberts.   The man is really
 cornered  about money, proposed retrenching expenses,
dropping me awhile, to resume when able to cash up
punctually.    He paid me $10, giving a  due bill  for
the remaining $35.   I couldn t feel hard towards him,
as what with sickness and general botheration he has more
than enough trouble.   There came a fellow in subsequently,
a printer named Jackson who, it appeared, had prin-
ted the first number, spoilt some thousand sheets and
sent in a most rascally bill, to dun Roberts.  He vili-
fied and abused the man in an odious manner, talk-
ed about  swindlers,  sueing a beggar and catching a
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eighty-seven
Description:Regarding a talk with George Roberts about his future at the ''Constellation.''
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Benjamin, Park; Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jackson (printer); Publishers and publishing; Roberts, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):17th Street; Fifth Avenue
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.