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[enclosed newspaper clipping]
A NEW COMIC PAPER will shortly be issued
in this city.  DUPE AND COMPANY are the proprie-
tors and publishers; and the editors and contributors are well
known as a gang of chivalrous fellows who prey upon boarding-
house-keepers and washerwomen.  As an indication of the lively
and racy character of the proposed paper, the publishers would
assure the public that no man who has not some fame as a board-
ing-house repudiator, and who cannot substantiate the fact that
he has been chased time and again from one end of the town to
the other by infuriated washerwomen, will ever be permitted to
write a solitary line for their periodical.  In their estimation, it
is essential that all contributors should have had their wits sharp-
ened by this sort of sharp practice before undertaking to write
for a comic paper.  Terms, six old  stumps  (fresh from the
steps of a Broadway hotel) a number; one suit of cast-off cloth-
ing a year the clothing to be paid in advance, as the writers are
now  seedy. 
  N. B. No papers furnished to landlords or landladies on account
of old claims; and washerwomans are informed that we keep a
dog behind the door.

[handwritten by Gunn]
N.Y. Tribune
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page sixteen
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the launch of a new comic paper [''Vanity Fair''] in New York.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York tribune.; Publishers and publishing; Vanity fair.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.