Arnold s Decadence.
ning and stayed there till 11. Most of the
fellows on Vanity Fair are dissatisfied with
young Wood, nor does Bellew believe in its vitality.
Apropos of it, I scissor an advertisement from the
Tribune, evidently reflecting on O Brien and pro-
bably emanating from some swindled creditor.
12. Saturday. A horrible day, atmospherically;
rain, slush, mud, snow, streets insufferable.
Down-town in the afternoon. Drawing at night.
Cahill drunk during the greater part of the day.
Bob Gun got him some work to do, copying names for
a lottery-owner. He made $3, and got rid of it, as
stated this day.
13. Sunday. Jack Edwards up to invite Mor-
ris to an extensive tea-fight at Fanny Fern s, to
night, whither all the family are going. Cahill
and Shepherd up in my room; the former about
to change his apartment to that next mine. It
seems that Arnold s prosperity has developed him
after the usual Bohemian sort. He is cool to Ca-
hill, says cruel things at his expense, aims to
be smart at the risk of hurting feelings &c.
These friendships bred out of community of gross
tastes naturally have bastard issues. Arnold
believes in nothing but the indulgence of his appeti-
tes and thinks to find knowledge as Sampson
did honey in carrion-flesh; affects the Balzac
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page seventeen|
|Description:||Regarding George Arnold's changing attitude.|
|Subject:||Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, John; Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); O'Brien, Fitz James; Publishers and publishing; Shepherd, N.G.; Vanity Fair.; Wood, Frank|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|