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           O Brien and Clapp s  borrowing. 
an enormous  sell  on the  Yankees  and making
a good sum of money by it, so he offered to
advance the funds.     We shall probably do it.
I ve no scruples of conscience on such a subject.
  Writing, a little drawing.         Out in the afternoon
in Broadway.   Returning met Haney at our door.
He supped with us, stayed afterwards till 9
or later in my room.    Morris, Billington, Cahill
and Boweryem there.         Out with Haney, meeting
Alf Waud, on going down stairs, who left us at
Broadway.          To Edwards .    With the girls,
Jack and Mr. and Mrs E. till 11.                      Cahill
was introduced, to ther night, to certain mem-
bers of his new avocation.    He describes
them as  commercial traveller- like men.       He
don t like the business,  getting into fellows confi-
dence and then telling everything,  though he sup-
poses that in time he shall think nothing of it
  During his  Ornithorynchus  days Cahill lent
O Brien some $17, more or less, of course never
getting repaid.    Shepherd has been equally green to-
wards Clapp, lending him $10.        O Brien  tried it
on,  too, with Shepherd, but unsuccessfully.     Generous-
souled fellow, O Brien!      he never bears malice,
not he!    he ll ask a man for money in the mor-
ning whom he has insulted overnight!          Clapp
has swindled the man Pearsall,   a weak, well-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Regarding the borrowing habits of Fitz James O'Brien and Henry Clapp.
Date:1860-04-05
Subject:Billington; Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Detectives; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); O'Brien, Fitz James; Pearsall; Shepherd, N.G.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.