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company which didn t mind it much.   Clapp s
attention flattered him and procured the American
an invitation to visit him at  his chambers.   These
were in Lyons Inn, consisting of one indescribably
dirty and slovenly room where Clapp found North
in bed at 1 P. M.     The sheets, Clapp described, as
of as dark a hue, from dirt, as one of the fellow s pants
  I mean the listeners to the narrative.   Well, Clapp
was invited to breakfast, so after knocking about among
utensils which had been put to all sorts of indefinite
uses, North went out and ordered a cheap meal from
an adjacent coffee-shop, threatening to pay the boy who
presently brought it with a kick a posteriori on his
objecting to leave the grub without the money.    Thus
commenced, the intimacy continued.      When Hannay s
 Singleton Fontency  was published he presented North
with a copy, who with Clapp was exceedingly hard up,
so they sold it to a bookseller on the day before publi-
cation, at trade price, neither of them having read
it.     Clapp described, not unamusingly, their subse-
quent separate interview with Hannay, when he quest-
ioned them as to their opinions of his book.   North
was then in love with his  Blondine    whom he has
put in divers books.    Clapp describes her as clever,
pretty, cockneyish, law-born, says that North
shared her favors with a  green-grocer s clerk  who
stood first in her affections and by whom she became
pregnant.    This woman North wanted to marry.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Describes a talk with Henry Clapp about William North's life and death.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Blondine; Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hannay, James; North, William
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
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.