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ter Ghost  on my responding to his knock
at the door.     I had heard of his arrival in
the city, from John Wood, at Frank Leslie s,
where I went to collect a $10 debt from Alf Waud.
Charley has not bettered by keeping, was hardly
of the vintage for it.   He talks verbosely, re-
dundently, speaks of himself as  a failure,  and
by elaborate, ostentatious, yet amusingly expres-
sed candor on the subject deceives himself into
the belief that the world will like and esteem him
as better than he represents himself.    At first
he got a weeks employment at some private en-
graving firm, is now one of F. Leslie s corps.
He was not on speaking terms with Brightly,
foreman of the engraving department, but Leslie
 introduced   em and the difficulty was smooth-
ed over.    Brightly does the intensely gentleman-
ly after his conception of it and humiliates
Charley by displays of magnamity, all of
which Damoreau descants on, not without hu-
mor.     He is evidently bound to send on a cert-
ain sum weekly to his wife, under penalty
of reproach and recrimination if he doesn t.
His approbativeness and candor allow one to
get a perfect idea of the feeling existing between
them.    A man oughtn t to get married unless
he can make up his mind to produce so much
for wife and family,  says, in effect Madame
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Regarding Charles Damoreau's return to live in New York.
Date:1859-11-13
Subject:Brightly; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Marriage; Waud, Alfred; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.