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ed in Heaven!         They can never appear
sweeter and dearer than memory conserves some
of them, God knows.
  21.  Wednesday.  Non mi recordo as to
details.   Down town once, in the morning, to
Courier Office.    Evening, I think, drawing, cut
for Picayune.      Didn t go to bed till about 1 or
2, which habit I ve got into, of late.
  22.  Thursday.  Drawings &c.     In the
evening with Phillips to the boarding-house opposite.
Three or four woman-boarders, one man, two
of the former showily handsome and got up to
kill, dark smooth hair, white shoulders
        and the demesnes that there adjacent lie 
&c, black velvet boddice or dark blue skirt &c
&c.   One of  em talked fearfully bad grammar.
  23.  Friday.   Writing, hard.   Courier article
and three or four for the Pic, at Bob Gun s
request.     Corbin in his room.    Abed about 2.
  The first number of Vanity Fair is out; a
failure, the contents being miserable bosh generally.
That young man, its editor, is in pretty hands,
gets drunk every night, goes to brothels in company
with Arnold, is proud of familiarity with the in-
mates and often passes the night or part of it
in Arnold s room, on the sofa.   A deboshed
young ass generally, crammed with the conceit
of  Bohemian   clique-ism, would be amusing but
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Regarding the first issue of ''Vanity Fair.''
Date:1859-12-20
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Clothing and dress; Corbin; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Phillips; Publishers and publishing; Vanity fair.; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.