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visiting the hat-dancing performances.   Of
course he discovered a prodigious mar s nest, shifting
the wonder from the man Dexter to a person among
the spectators whom he declared a most remarkable
individual, probably a Russian (!) capable of speaking 
six languages &c &c.     Then Banks mounted the
Slavanic hobby, asserted than in ten or twenty years
there would be but two nations, Russia and the U.
S. existing in the world.   Then he talked  Free
Love  rather coarsely.  (I suppose he got this Phallic
itch from Clapp.)     Leslie s face, listening to Banks,
was funny to contemplate.   He disputed loudly,
dictatorially, dissented logmatically, but Banks out-
talked him.         Came away and had some oysters
at another place with Leslie.
  10.  Sunday.     There s been a jolly row about
my Scalpel review of the Ledger at Fanny s.  Got
all the particulars from Haney.     Bonner was up at
the house last night, and he and Fanny as exas-
perated to the last degree   she because there s not
a word of mention of her in it, he on general grounds.
Almost a battle royal occurred, Haney venturing
all that was prudent in championship of my ar-
ticle.    They couldn t understand that it was not
based on some personal motives and Bonner at-
tributed my testimony as to his liberality and en-
terprize to intent to curry favor with him!    I
was to be smashed, mined &c &c   if it were worth
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Regarding the uproar by Fanny Fern and John Bonner over Gunn's article in ''Scalpel'' criticizing the ''New York Ledger.''
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bonner, Robert; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Dexter; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; New York ledger.; Scalpel.
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.