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when he took it.   I like the shrewd Yankee
starting on motherwit for his capital.        Took
Hitchings & that fearfully slow Bostonian whom Damo
rean gave a letter to, introducing him to me, down
there.  And on another night, at his request, Wel-
den whom I encountered at Branch s absurd  Black-
well s Island Entertainment.      Met Nagle the book-
seller, also.     Happening to enquire after a chum of his,
Briggs, a member of Woods  company of  minstrels, 
(whom I remember to have heard play the banjo and
sing at Nagle s & his lodgings)   I learnt that he died
in California two years ago.
  6.  Wednesday.  In doors, writing, phonography,
chores.    Wrote to Mary Anne, Dillon and Heylyn.
Cahill up in Haney s room at night.
  7.  Thursday.  Down town in the morning.  In doors
for the rest of the day.  Phonography in the evening.
  8.  Friday.  Down town, hither and thither.
By 10 or so in the evening round to Howell s with Dr
Norval, one of Leslie s acquaintances.    Bob Gun, Ar-
nold, Sears, John Wood there and the inevitable Banks.
  9.  Saturday.  Down town, morning and afternoon.
Evening, by 10 1/2, to Howell s with Leslie.   Tracy there,
Banks and a chum of his.     Introduced Banks and
Leslie, and they got talking together, Banks erratic, as
usual.     I had met him in the afternoon and set him to
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Mentions having a drink at Howell's with Dr. Norval and others.
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Briggs; Cahill, Frank; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dexter; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Heylyn, Edward; Hitchings; Leslie, William; Mapother, Dillon; Nagle, James P. (Watt); Norval, Dr.; Sears, Jack; Tracy; Welden, Charles; Wood, John A.
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.