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Tom Picton.   Went to the Whitelaw address, saw
Mrs W., her husband out.     A wax-flower shop.
Mrs W makes the articles sold, seems to have attain-
ed skill in it, gives lessons to others.   Says that
Whitelaw has crossed the Atlantic twice  on business, 
she accompanying him once, probably subsequent to her
father s death. (Man had money, I believe.)   They
have been in New York during the last twelvemonths,
had a stand with wax-flower work consumed in
the Crystal Palace, leaving losing some $2,000 by
it.     I ve never met Whitelaw about town, possibly
because he prefers slums and side-streets to Broad-
way.            Called at Dixon s, one evening.  Settled
to do an article on the Ledger & Bonner for the next
Scalpel, at my suggestion.   Looked in at Edward s.
Lots of things I don t remember.  Went to Bellew s
on Thursday evening.
  11.  Friday.  Omnibus  office.   With Picton s to
Crook and Duff s for two hours or less, tapping 
him for items about Matarans &c.    Lots of people
one knows in and out.   Whiting, of Frank Leslie s
paper bored us.   This fellow is notorious as a sponge
or  sucker,  and used to be caricatured as such, and
as a leech   with his head on   on the walls of the office
in Sol Eytinge s time.     They say he ows his position
  he gets $15 or so, as advertisement-solicitor   to
winking at F.L s adulterous intimacy with his
wife.     He looks capable of it.   A nauseous, staring-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and nine
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Whitelaw.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bonner, Robert; Dixon, E.H.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; New York ledger.; Picton, Thomas; Scalpel.; Whitelaw, Kate; Whitelaw, Matthew; Whiting; Whiting, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.