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Office, didn t get any money, thence to Haney s
Office, got an order for a $5 story.  (O Brien
had been glad of the same, pretty recently.    Story
of his licking a man told by Shepherd to Bob
Gun   a variety for him   differing in result to
most of his fights.)   Up in  Tribune  Office and
saw Dana.       He read my prospectus, didn t
think favorably of the chances of the Republican
Committee going in for it.        Was pleasant to me,
as he always has been   they vilify him gene-
rally.     As I turned to go he spake of my
 Assyrian friend,  intimating a desire to resume
publication of Boutcher s experience, when I told
him I possessed it in lecture form.           I promised
to br write to Boutcher about it.  Told
Dana I d like to get something to do on the
 Tribune  which he received far from unkindly,
and promised indefinitely.          Ah! how the
difference of our positions struck me.    He, the
tall, handsome, manly-looking editor of the
best and strongest paper in the United States   
there in achieved position and authority   I
with so little done, yet knowing in my heart
that if I could get a chance I would climb up!
Out into the filthy street and through the wet
to my boarding house home, feeling sadly enough.
Wrote a long letter to Boutcher during
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page seventy-four
Description:Describes a conversation with Charles Dana of ''The New York Tribune,'' in which he asked for work.
Subject:Boutcher, William; Dana, Charles A.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; New York tribune.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.