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and Times, a very reliable one.    When
O Brien came to this country he claimed the author-
ship of certain admired articles in Household
Words and other English publications, and got
some credit on the strength of the representation.  In
due time a volume was published comprising, among
its contents, the very articles claimed by O B with
the true author s name attached!
  8.  Tuesday.  Posting letter and papers; to Pic
Office, left block to be cut; to Omnibus do, to Cons-
tellation do, hither and thither.   Round to F. Leslie s.
Story of mine in this weeks  Stars and Stripes.   With
Bob Gun to the City hall, expecting to be present at
Bellew s indictment for assault and battery.  The
affair happened thus.    Bellew owes a grocer s bill 
of $10, and the tradesman put it into the hands
of Hendrickson & Co, to collect.   These people have
a wagon, painted in conspicuous colors, with un-
pleasant inscriptions, as  Pay your Debts!  &c
inscribed all over it, in which they made their dun-
ning visits, that the object may be conspicuous to all
the neighbors.    Well, one morning the man came
twice, leaving his van at the corner.  Bellew was
a late riser, as usual, and not visible.   Third
time man drives up to the door in van, is shown
up stairs.   Bellew tells him he won t pay him  
that the creditor may sue for his money; further
advises the man not to come again, saying that if
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and six
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew being charged for assault and battery of a debt collector.
Date:1859-02-07
Subject:Assault and battery; Bellew, Frank; Debt; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Household words.; O'Brien, Fitz James
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.