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Winnipisseogee and informs me of a recent 
villany committed by the knavish engraver
Charley Wright: how having $115 confided to his  safe
keeping  by a fellow-engraver, he absconded with it.
(I belief the scoundrel is now in New York, in Les-
lie s employ.)   Damoreau, writes Alf, with his usual
charity towards our quondam chum,  has been kicked
out both by Ballou and Fleece em; has entered into
partnership with Dan Smith of the foetid breath and 
ekes out a living by taking boys with premiums.    Will
has been engaged  to some extent   about a Boston
Crystal palace scheme  but it comes much easier to
him to play the gentleman.    Thus Alf.     Down town
to Nic-nax Office.  Haney off, on a visit to Bellew
at Tarrytown.  Returning met Banks, who hospita-
bly pressed me to join him and  the greatest artist
bai Jove in this country, Donald McKay.   Didn t
go.  Banks has got an idea that I am making  heaps
of money,  also that I  save ninepence out of every
shilling  I make, notions I suppose based on my having
a little money in bank, five years ago!     [Phonography] for
an hour and a half, then to next block and saw
Selena.  She is to be married on Monday, then starts
for Niagara.  Wall seems a very good-humored little
fellow.        Round to Houston St, found Gun in bed,
Sears present, anon Tracy.      A bit of a ramble through
the close streets alone, taverns alive, prostitutes ply-
ing hither and thither or seated on the steps of brothels,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page eight
Description:Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud in Boston.
Subject:Ballou, Maturin Murray; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Leslie, Frank; McKay, Donald; Prostitutes; Sears, Jack; Smith, Dan; Tracy; Wall; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Wright, Charley
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Houston Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.