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[newspaper clipping]
   Mr. Robert Gun, the late publisher of The
N.Y. Picayune, being about to depart for that
 Gem of the Ocean,  Cuba, gave a little party
to a few social and literary friends last evening at
his residence in Bleecker street.  The conviviality
was kept up until an exceedingly late hour, and
it was the most remarkable what an immense num-
ber of times the gentleman s health was drunk.
As a slight testimonial to his worth and the
friendship entertained, for him, an impromptu
poem, published elsewhere, was read on the oc-
casion.

		To Robert Gun, Esq.
	     SCOTCHMAN, farewell!
	Good trunks and wishes go with you.
	You have more friends than hairs,  tis true;
	And, more than that,  twill do to tell.

	      Chief of a clan! 
	What is that idle name to this:
	 Chief of good fellows?   We sha nt miss	
	The Chieftain much: not so the Man,

	     O, publisher
	Of that once lively little sheet,
	The Picayune when shall we meet
	Again and  spree it,  as it were.

	     You re going off,
	And so can t know what s going on;
	Before your name you ll have a  Don, 
	And all your heavy clothes you ll doff.

	     Good bye, then, Bob; 
	That saintly face, that gorgeous beard
	Are to your numerous friends endeared.
	But I must stop I hear you sob.

	     If you ve a mind,
	Remember, as you idly puff
	Your cigarette, the rather rough
	But kindly friends you left behind!

[Gunn s notes:]
From the  Daily News. 

Glover put it in.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the departure of Robert Gun for Cuba.
Subject:Glover, Thad; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry
Coverage (City/State):Cuba
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.