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Scalpel, and am desirous to obtain the perusal
of certain of Cobb s stories &c.   Hearing that the porter
of a printing office, in Ann St, had retained the whole
of the Ledger numbers I went there, twice, in order to
borrow them, paying for the loan.  This morning I suc-
ceeded in seeing the fellow, an Irishman, young, but
with the sharpest, meanest viciousest face I had ever be-
held.   I stated my object.  He had evidently, from my
previous inquiries, formed an idea that here was a great
chance! himself in possession of some treasure which
must be had at any price.   Wouldn t lend, but modestly
demanded first $30, then $20 for the last two in-
bound volumes!  I tried three minutes argument in
spite of the man s face, told him that I could purchase
what I wanted at the Ledger office, new, for about a
fourth of his demand but his avarice and stupid cun-
ning was unremovable:  I know what you are,  said
he,  you re a literary man, will make $50 or $100
by what you ll write about  em!    I told him it was
rather a wild idea and went away half annoyed but
more amused by the incident.        Up town.   Was
phonographing in the evening when Bellew came up.
Wanted to know if I d done drawings to article.
Not a pencil stroke.    Had talk   money was on hand
on Saturday   is to be paid to-morrow.  Went to work,
did two drawings on wood, Bellew doing the same,
going to Abbotts to get photographs & returning.  Gun
received $20 from Crook and Duff s for my first
article   will do as much for the last   see the dishones-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Regarding an incident while trying to borrow copies of the ''New York Ledger'' for his article in ''Scalpel.''
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York ledger.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Ann 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.