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he does, he ll blow his brains out!     Man declared
he must come again, when Bellew gives him a tremen-
dous blow in the face and knocks him down, present-
ly pitching into him awfully; holding him at arm s 
length by the hair and battering his face.   The man,
an Irishman, didn t defend himself, cried for pardon,
said he d never come again, finally got off.   All
this occurred in the little artistic room, Mrs Bellew
being naturally alarmed and crying in the next.   This
version of the story I had from Campbell, a little half-
artist, half messenger, Bellew employs, who was present
during the row.  He, clearly, considered the assault an
unprovoked one.  Haney and Gun, getting their story
from Bellew, told it differently   specially the latter,
who asserted that the Irishman had insulted Mrs B.
that he was  a great, big, cowardly fellow  (Campbell
described him as of middle or small stature, pointing
out one of the Pic printers as his counterpart), and
much more.  Bob Gun is influenced in opinion by the
next man, his opinion s worth nothing; but little Camp-
bell may be biassed too, for he said his father knew 
(I rather think had been employed by) Hendrickson s
company.     The Irishman had asserted that he recog-
nized Campbell, but was afraid of his pitching into
him, also!       The case is to be tried tomorrow.   I
did not see Bellew.             Got a note which has
been lying for me at the Pic Office for a week or more.
Two cards  Mrs Kate Whitelaw, 71 East 14th  with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seven
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew being charged for assault and battery of a debt collector.
Date:1859-02-08
Subject:Assault and battery; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Campbell (artist); Debt; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Whitelaw, Kate
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):71 East 14th Street
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.