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  24.  Saturday.   Out in the morning.
Down town at sunset, to the Post Office, Courier
and Pic.       A cold, dull night. Having very
little money in my pockets indeed, as I went up
Nassau Street, thinking of it being Christmas
eve, I felt lonely; none the less so on turning
into the dreary newspaper office, with its sleepy men,
gas-glare and familiars, one of whom informs me
I m not  in   which means no $5 on Wednesday.
Out into the black cold streets again and up into
the Pic Office, there to scribble, do proof &c, anon
up town with Bob Gun and Cahill, taking a
drink preliminary at Matarans.           The former
and I went round to hear Sam Cowell in the
evening, when I was introduced to Bateman.  To-
wards the end of the entertainment, O Brien and
a familiar of his, who imitates him, they say,
in dress and manner, appeared in a side box.
I heard and recognized a well remembered laugh
  a sonorous, aggressive, affected laugh, with a
good deal of Sir Mulberry-Hawk-like coarseness
and hoarseness in it, suggestive of unspeakable man-
about-townish wickedness   I heard this
before I saw him.   When we were quitting the thea-
tre he was temporarily behind me, got up in ultra-
English style, with a circular round-crowned
hat and a pair of the loudest-patterned and
most expansive  peg-top  trousers conceivable,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Regarding going to hear Sam Cowell perform on Christmas Eve.
Date:1859-12-24
Subject:Bateman; Cahill, Frank; Christmas; Cowell, Sam; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
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.