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  poor  Chips   child   to his mother-in-
law   who has conveyed it away to Minnesota.
Mort never loved it and I dare say Grace don t
want to be troubled with ready-made babies.
And the old woman who pulls the strings, would
think it well out of the way of her daughter.
Mort has repeated his  versified lecture  here
and there; will make $ 1000 by it.     Cahill
visited the house once.    He seems to have lost
sight of the wet-nurse, who has gone away.
Cahill is now a little cock-a-hoop anent a
new comic paper which he has been asked to
write for.         Its editor will be Frank Wood,
a very young man in every sense, its artist
Stephens, of Frank Leslie s paper, its capital-
ist and founder, the brother of this Stephens.
The first name proposed was  the Owl    a stu-
pid one   the second  Vanity Fair;  which is
that, at present, decided on.    Clapp, O Brien,
Banks and others of that ilk are spoken of.
Clapp s  Saturday Press  still survives   how
kept alive, only he knows.      It is impudent,
flippant, Frenchy and pretentious, principal-
ly got together on the dead-head principle.
Arnold sends gratis contributions,  Ada Clare 
 Getty Gay  and other unfortunate literary fe-
males combine to fill its columns.   The first
of these some years back made an attempt  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Regarding a proposal to start a new paper, ''Vanity Fair.''
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clare, Ada; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gay, Getty (Gertrude Louise Wilmshurst); Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Publishers and publishing; Stephens; Stephens, Henry L.; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Jr.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Vanity fair.; Wood, Frank
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.