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faced, round-eyed, shaven, saponaceous
man, ignorant and toadyish.    Seymour and
some Times  men in.    Clapp in, addressed me,
was so civil that I conclude he don t believe in the
long continuance of his paper and wants to make
friends of the mammon of unrighteousness.   Expres-
sed regret at O Brien s behaviour, when I went up
in the office, vilified O B   justly enough.       Pic-
ton drinking  Monongahela plain  and talking enough
for sixty.    To Mataran s, where I left him in 
a fair way to get drunk.    Met Bellew.    Writing
all the evening and till 12 or 1.
  12.  Saturday.  Writing till 4, then down-town
with copy, to Pic Office.    Saw Bellew at Crook & Duggs
and others.    Returned up-town with Wood ( Paid Prior .)
To Hitchings  in the evening; Oliver there, Jackson
the sculptor and a lawyer   jolly fellow.   Songs and
stories.     This lawyer had Henry William Herbert s
wife for a client.    The woman, not herself unexcep-
tionable, flightyish &c, had a horror of her husband.
He had struck and sworn at her.  She told a wild
story of  the Cedars,  the house at Newark having secret
rooms and passages.       Oliver says the current rumor
as to the crime which compelled Herbert to leave Eng-
land was incest with a sister             Fellow was a bad
lot anyway.
  13.  Sunday.  Drawing till 3.   To Chapin s in
the evening (took seat for a year subsequently) then to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ten
Description:Mentions meeting the lawyer for Henry William Herbert's wife.
Date:1859-02-11
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bridlong, Adela R. (Herbert); Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Herbert, Henry William; Hillard, Oliver; Hitchings; Jackson, George; Lowrie; O'Brien, Fitz James; Picton, Thomas; Saturday press.; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Whiting; Wood, John A.
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.