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nocturnal game at billiards and his beer;
makes a jocular parade of economic meanness
about shilling and sixpenny expenditures which,
I think, runs into fact.   Here s the testimony
of one who dislikes him and who never took too
amiable views of anybody: I mean Alf Waud.
(Anon I ll admit Damoreau s sentiments as
to Alf.)     Damoreau  (Alf is writing before
Charley s arrival in New York)  still wears
the clothes he wore before he was married, they
are dreadfully old-fashioned but shiny.   He
is now in partnership with Dan Smith, the
meanest man in Boston, having made a pre-
carious existence for some time, by taking boys
with premiums, on pretence of making designers
of them, and kicking them out at the end of the
first year as incapables.  I got another let-
ter from Alf, since Damoreau left Boston,
commenting still more severely on him, but
have mislaid it.   Alf never seems to reflect that
he himself is scarcely richer, if at all than Da-
moreau.   The latter says that Alf is not popu-
lar, that his unsparing condemnation of people don t 
pay, that he ll get no more work from Gleason &c
&c.    He has but few intimates saving Hayes.
Charley consorts with Will a good deal, ranks him
higher than his brother, wherein I emphatically dif-
fer.   Will does the heavy swell in his way, has
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Regarding Alfred Waud's opinion of Charles Damoreau.
Date:1859-11-13
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gleason; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Smith, Dan; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.