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	       Addy and Newman.
questionable business surely, only not villainous
because exercised at the expense of villains.
Cahill is rather chagrined at Ledger s depart-
ure.            In the evening with Boweryem
up to the Unitary Home, to be introduced to a
Mr. Addy, who, arrived from England by this
days steamer, intends starting a comic daily
paper, for which he has brought title, cuts
and artist.         The latter is Newman, once
of  Punch,  but never of any note there.   Addy is
a portlyish, dark-haired man of perhaps
forty, half-blind, so that he has to feel his way 
as much as see it.       The title of the paper is
 Momus,  which, of course, will be highly intel-
ligible and appropriate to a Yankee community.
Marry! they d better have called it  Pop-Corn 
or the  Daily Dough-nut!        Title elaborate,
classic (!)     The men are very eager about it,
have entire faith in their enterprise and
exhibit an ignorance of America and the
Americans absolutely stupendous.    They amiably
pooh-pooh all that has been done hitherto,
talk of artist here with good-natured
condescenscion, and think lots of voluntary
good matter will come in; that, in short,
they have but to come, see, and conquer.
Addy has lived here before, too.      Newman is
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Describes meeting Addey and Newman who recently arrived in New York from England and plan to start a comic paper, ''Momus.''
Date:1860-04-07
Subject:Addey; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Momus.; Newman; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.