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Reed s and a two hours talk.  Left them
at 8, in front of Edwards , to Chapins, subsequent-
ly to Edwards, stayed till 11, then saw Haney home.
  Here s a good story Haney brought back from Phila-
delphia.     There was an old lawyer there, a  Bucks
County  man who would rather have lost a case than
a joke, which lawyer, when Dickens visited this
country, took especial prejudice to him for the
reason which impelled the Athenian to ostracize Aris-
tides.   This prejudice was further increased, on en-
countering its object, by Dickens  dandyism.  Now one
of the results of Dickens popularity in Philadelphia
was the production of his portrait on articles in china
ware, as mugs &c.     The old lawyer purchased a 
number of these and on his death   not before   it
was discovered that he had used them all as pots-
  23.  Monday.  [Phonography] &c, writing.  Down town in the
afternoon.   To Houston St in the evening to get money of
Gun.   Saw Tracy, Sears and Arnold.   Return.  Writing.
  24.  Tuesday.  [Phonography] for half an hour, then to article
on the Herald.   Stuck at it till 5 1/2, then out to
Washington Square for a pipe amid the greenery
and sunlight.  A little more [phonography].  After supper
to 16th St.     Haney out.  Found Mrs Potter, her
sister (Lucia) and Mrs Gouverneur at the door.
Talk and chaff.  Mrs G. again desirous of know-
ing  how she looked    allowed me to lead her to the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and forty-three
Description:Regarding a story told by Jesse Haney about a Philadelphian lawyer who purchased mugs and china from Charles Dickens.
Subject:Arnold, George; Cooper, Lucia; Dickens, Charles; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Potter, Mrs.; Sears, Jack; Tracy
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street; Houston Street; Washington Square
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.