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your ex-military man in civil life!
Drawing.  Picton, Brittan and another up   Picton
just the same as ever, cigar in mouth, just a little drunk,
talking on in his queer, loquacious, egotistic amusing man-
ner, telling stories of himself and others. (What a deal
I am obliged to miss putting down for lack of leisure!)   To
Chapin s at night   densely crowded. (I d Boswellize that
man s sermons but for afore-said reason.)   Then to Ed-
wards.    Haney and Cahill there.    Apropos of the latter,
when living with a man, you unconsciously get to look over
his deficiences, though you may know them   I suppose for
sociality.   Cahill s shallowness is more apparent to me now
than when he lived here.
  31.  Monday.  Drawing awhile.  Down town.  To Constel-
lation Office, got no money; to  Omnibus  do   asked Picton
to Mataran s where over two  Monogahela  s on his part,
ditto also on mine, he broached some three new projects
in the newspaper way,   each of them sure fortunes   rattled
over the names and peculiarities of the frequenters of
the place (I wanted them for my Restaurants) told
how he intended doing what in England we call  taking
the benefit of the act  to rid himself of his debts, said
that while he was cashier on the Artisan s Bank he cashed
a note signed by O Brien thinking it was Bellew s   which
proceeding, somehow, involved immense cheek on O B s
part, who had only the day before been introduced to Pic-
ton   laughed, cut jokes, closed one eye, grimaced and
much more.     I left him taking a Third Monongahela
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and one
Description:Describes a conversation with Thomas Picton over drinks at Mataran's.
Date:1859-01-30
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Britton; Cahill, Frank; Chapin, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Picton, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.