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	  The Athen um Club.
gether.   First to Pfaff s, in search of
Barry (met Clapp descending, as we ascended
the steps) then to the Athen um club in the
Fifth Avenue.     Nichols, the picture-dealer, there
and others, to whom I was introduced.
Pictures on exhibition; two landscapes by
Rondel and an ugly antique.     Oliver Hillard
came.    Upstairs, cigars, whisket-punch and
talk.      Introduced by Nichols to a fearful
platitudinarian bore, who talked elaborate,
conventional eulogy of Cooper s genius and
Indians.      Go with the red man to Nature, to
his forests, &c., share his hospitality dissented
from all his propositions.         Down-stairs to
oysters and chicken-salad.      Gibbons there.
Cassius Clay of Kentucky arrived, much honi-
zed by the Asineums.             A most refreshing
vein of snobbery, of aristocratic assumption,
pretty evident in the demeanor of the young
dandies  doing  their club.    Didn t see Cass
Clay, not caring much about it.          With Ron-
del, Hillard and a Dr. Rice, a friend of
the latters to Bleecker street, through the
snow drifts and facing the storm.    Took  em
all up to Ledger s room.       He had made me
promise to drink a glass or two in celebration
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page sixty-two
Description:Describes a visit to the Athenaeum Club.
Date:1860-02-15
Subject:Artists; Barry; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clay, Cassius M.; Gibbons; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Oliver; Ledger, Arthur; Nichols; Rice, Dr.; Rondel
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Fifth Avenue
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.