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me awake during my first night aboard
ship in the London docks.            Story told to
me of old Powell, by Banks.   When the latter was
 editing  the Day Book, for Stimson ( he s in
h__l, now!  added the narrator, parenthetically)
Stimson one day brought in a shameful attack on
old Wallack, in Powell s handwriting, eulogizing it
as a d____d good thing, and proposing printing it.
Banks knew the fine Roman hand and retained the
article, till one day, old Powell came up, when using 
a little subterfuge to get his acknowledgment of the
authorship, Banks let out at him, blew him up
sky-high and declared he d print it with the name of
the writer at the bottom.  Oh no o o!  cries old
Powell in horrible alarm.   He was glad to get Banks
to tear it up, and now, Banks regrets not having
carried out a threat which only occurred to him on
the heat of the moment.                I put a bit of
chaff in my  Restaurant  article last week, which
anent Powell s trick of attributing fossil jokes to John
Brougham, which has exercised the old rogue considera-
bly.    Editor Watson laid the paper on his desk,
having marked with a blue pencil the passage in ques-
tion, Frank Wood drew a hand on it for the same
purpose.   When Powell appeared he at first told
Watson he didn t see how it applied to him (Watson)!
presently denouncing me as  Judas  and a son of
she-dog &c and declaring that I should never forgive
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and sixty-two
Description:Regarding a story about Thomas Powell heard from Banks.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Brougham, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Powell, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Stimson; Wallack, James William; Watson, Frederick; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.