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attempting to get some man made a policeman
and threatening to use the reportorial power he had in
being  down upon  the officers in case of refusal.   One
wrote to Hudson, who expelled Edge.        What a con-
trast must his recent experience of Paris, in connection
with Morphy, present to his former visit, when he ran
away from home, lived in a garret and obtained ad-
mission to the theatres by joining the claque!  He ll be
sure to turn up in New York again, some day.   Of
all cities in the world it would suit him best.
  Watson, of  Frank Leslie s,  told me a good thing
to-day, apropos of old Park Benjamin, who once,
for a week or two,  edited  Leslie s paper.    After
his usual fashion he did nothing but append para-
graphs of two or three lines each to prodigious scissor-
ings, which paragraphs the compositors subsequently
stuck up on the walls under the caption of Gens
from Park Benjamin!     Leslie seduced by his  blow-
ing  about what he would do, and his quasi-reputa-
tion (based on the  New World,  twenty years ago)
engaged him at $50 a week, I ve heard   much
the same case as Roberts .       Benjamin did a still
more rascally thing which I may have chronicled before.
He sold a story to Frank Leslie for over $100, which
story subsequently was discovered to have been written
by some New Orleans man, who had sent it to Ben-
jamin s  literary agency.    The old thief either had
never communicated with the author, or told him
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Describes hearing stories about Park Benjamin from Fred Watson.
Date:1859-05-11
Subject:Benjamin, Park; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hudson, Frederic; Journalism; Leslie, Frank; Morphy, Paul; New York herald.; Roberts, George; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.