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denominated it, is sightless! how he lost it
we know not, whether from South America
desert-opthalmia or accident.       Bob Gun
knew him first thus: Gun was a coal-dealer
in London, had a wharf and partner, which
partner did a big dishonesty, when Ledger under-
took the case.    They have spree d together a good
deal in London.                  I met Rondel with
his dog, a big setter, recently imported from
Boston, this morning, and anon little Perkins
the lithographer.          Writing Dixonian article
on Pugilism &c., all the evening and part of the
morning, down-town as far as Chambers  in
the afternoon.    A most lovely day.    Scribbling
till midnight.
  31.  Saturday.    Scribblign Dixonian article,
with one rush-down town to the  Courier  office
just before dinner, finishing by 8. P.M., then
to the Fifth Avenue with it and got the $15,
rewarding myself with a mug of ale at the  Optimus 
subsequently, as it proved, shortly after Ledger
had quitted the tavern, on his return from an
evening at Bartow s.       Little thief Watson was
there, as usual with a knot of talkers.             Got
some particulars about B.G. Stone the Artist(?)
once Picturesque Anachronism, from Shepherd,
which I shall condense in conjunction with those
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Mentions writing an article for Dixon and getting paid $15 for it.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Perkins; Rondel; Shepherd, N.G.; Stone, B.G.; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Fifth Avenue
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.