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taining to some M. S. which the sly, obese
 Pierce Pungent  as he dubs himself volunteered to
take down to Harpers.     Old Powell,   wily old dog!  
always contrives to get his salary of $10 or $12
per week in advance, by hook, crook ad half-dollars.
Well, he might be honester, perhaps, did he not find
it hard to keep Mrs Micawber and the family. But
the man is so sly, slanderous and treacherous,  a speaker
against dignities  whom I honor.    Watson, Leslie s
other editor, is a decent man enough as far as I 
know, has some musical pretensions, no literary abili-
ty worth speaking of, but writes prettyish rhymes.
He, very conscientiously, reads through every M.S. sent
in to the paper, believes in such novelists as  J. Smith 
of the London Journal &c, is goodnatured, always
praises books sent into review and has never rejected
anything I have sent in                    A rather thought-
ful, depressed-looking man, has done a good deal
of editing in his time, once in companionship with Ed-
gar Poe.  (Apropos of the author of the  Raven  I once
heard Powell speak of meeting him, adding,  poor Poe,
how drunk he got that evening!    Now Poe died
some years before Powell s appearance in this country.
Such an inveterate liar the man is!)   To return to
Watson.   He is shortish, bearded and mustached,
red haired   that sort of hair which always looks ra-
ther wet.   Altogether, I should say, he fills his
position well enough.      I ve heard Sol Eytinge talk
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Regarding Fred Watson and Thomas Powell, who work at ''Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.''
Date:1859-03-09
Subject:Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Poe, Edgar Allan; Powell, Thomas; Watson, Frederick
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.