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         A Conference at Crook & Duff s
ter Bellew.    Cahill there.    Found Bellew
with Haney, at the  Nic-nax  office (the latter
going to Philadelphia to-morrow night.) At the
 Courier  Office, got $5 from Smith.      Found
Bellew talking to Frank Leslie at Crook and
Duffs, Wilbour joined us.      Cahill around.
Plenty of familiar faces there.        Briggs promi-
sed to join us in half-an-hour, during which
time Bellew and I lunched.       O Brien and
a knot of others at the bar, his black eye
very unsightly, his countenance generally about-
towny and vicious; every way deteriorated.    He
wore his Mambrino-helmet hat and land check,
peg-top trousers.        Mc.Lenan in, talked a
bit to us, then joined the others.         Joe Harper
and Bellew.       Briggs came.      Down-stairs
to one of the private rooms, or rather cells,
there sat for three mortal hours, smoking,
I over sherry, the rest over brandy, and tal-
king about the projected comic paper.    Briggs
proposes a bi-weekly, at three cents per num-
ber, I think a good idea, involving the neces-
sity of serving up matter hot and hot.    He
didn t interpose any non-committalism in poli-
tics, as I apprehended.                Briggs  man-
ner, certainly the reverse of prepossessing, -set
me against him, some time ago   I suppose
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page eighty-nine
Description:Describes drinking with others at Crook and Duff's.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Briggs, Charles F.; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Crook and Duff's (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harper, Joe; Leslie, Frank; McLenan, John; O'Brien, Fitz James; Publishers and publishing; Smith, James L.; Wilbour
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.