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since I did it in my Restaurant series.
Banks  epidemical hero-worship has now elevated
Clapp to the place of honor in A. F s ill-balanced
mind!    Clapp goes to call on Banks at his Wall
Street office and on one of the latter s fellow clerks
commenting on the ugly and sinister appearance of
the little man, Banks blazes into Euphinistic wrath,
telling the ribald clerk that that man, Sir, possesses
more talent in his little finger than  he and
his preceding seventeen generations   if he has seven-
teen generations, which A. F. doubts!    Furthermore,
Banks eulogizes Clapp s villainous egotism for the
profoundest thought &c after the old, delightful
fashion.   I find something exquisitely appropriate
in this conjunction.  Clapp in his heart must have
the hardest contempt for Banks: the latter is the hones-
ter of the two.   It s immensely funny.         Symptoms
of  caving in  again on the part of the wretched Pica-
yune.      Bellew is so well employed, principally by
the Harpers, that he don t do any drawings; where-
fore they use old cuts and transfers.    No original
matter in the paper   all stealings.     Met Wilbour
who spoke of affairs to me; said in case of Gun s 
dropping it, he thought of continuing, relying on me
for drawings.        The paper don t deserve to live,
Bob Gun drifting, as usual   hard up, but spends
money at taverns, as usual.    I met Cahill, one
night, at Howells; being rather drunk he magnami-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Regarding the faith of A. F. Banks in Henry Clapp and the coming demise of the ''New York Picayune.''
Date:1859-04-05
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York picayune.; Publishers and publishing; Wilbour
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Wall Street
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.