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meeting him but that was all.  He s naturally
suspicious   always was so.    We parted, he promising
to call on me.                Returning to the Pic: I wasted
nearly an hour waiting for Bellew, who according to
his invariable habits of delay didn t appear, getting
wrathy enough.  Partly in the big, dull office, partly
in the dank, drizzly street where the tide of Nassau
Street employees, male and female, was setting up-
townwards.    Strongly inclined to go and seize copy and
clear   didn t though.   To Brooklyn, cars, to Par-
tons.   A vile muddy, dank, miserable day as any in
the calendar.   Parton and Fanny came to the door
just as I had rung the bell.   They had been, the
whole day, house hunting in New York; deciding on
leaving Brooklyn in May.                Talk of Jim s southern
tour, supper, Mort Thomson came after and
stayed till bed-time.  Parton and I upstairs to smoke
a cigar; he generously interesting himself as to my
fortunes   wanted me to try a story or so for the
 Ledger,  volunteering that if  should be read . (He
had forgotten my bit of chaff about  Silenus Gobb  in
the P.N.Y.B.H, and Bonner s resenting it   that s 
blocked my chance there, and if that didn t do it, 
the Omnibus  cawicachaws  would.    Said so.) Down
stairs again.       Mort says O Brien has gone to
Boston, having entirely used up all his chances here.
He was shewn the door at the Everett House.     The
 Diamond Lens  theft ended all his chance in the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes a visit to James Parton and Fanny Fern in Brooklyn.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bonner, Robert; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
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.