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         A daily comic paper projected.
light-haired, wrinkle-faced, queer, very,
very English!        Is it possible that I,
that every Englishman coming to this country,
does, at the outset exhibit this stupendous
conviction that he is a gentlemanly Columbus
among innocently-disposed savages, whom he
intends to be very kind too, if they behave
well?              I like Addy well enough, but
there s only one good thing in his scheme   sel-
ling at a cent a copy.           But how little he
knows how keenly, how sharply everything rela-
ting to a Comic paper has been discussed here;
how shrewdly reckoned up his  Momus  will
be.     This Bohemian life ought to teach one
something.             Left at 11, down to Pfaffs
for lager.    Banks there with a German.  Banks
cracked and talk    i    n    g at his
usual dreary, endless, inconclusive, erratic,
idiotic manner.        His mind must be resembles
a room full of sand, cobwebs and feathers,
with a wind blowing into it.  Here are frag-
ments of his discourse.       The tambourine
girl (who came round begging and being com-
plimented by fools) was the handsomest woman
on New York   Dora Shaw (an elderly actress
drinking in the cellar with such members of
the clique as were present) was the handsomest
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and forty-four
Description:Describes listening to Banks talk at Pfaff's.
Date:1860-04-07
Subject:Addey; Banks, A.F.; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Momus.; Newman; Pfaff's (New York, N.Y.); Publishers and publishing; Shaw, Dora
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.