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	        Banks and Brays.
woman in New York   he, Banks, had deter-
mined to devote himself to literature again   he d
give himself twelve months to obtain a footing
  he had the entr e to Harper s   anything
he took there would be accepted (this in consequence
of the insertion of one forlorn, half-cracked, half-
column article!)   it served Pearsall right
that Clapp had swindled him   what right
had an aristocrat to come among literary (!)
men?   with more blatherskite than this book
would hold.       I lit my pipe, put my legs
up, and let him talk.         O Brien s false, strident
laugh proceeding from the cellar, and I saw Clapp s
hideous face on its way to it.                    Lord
give me an opportunity to paint this life better
than I m doing it now!
  8.  Sunday.  And a wet one.      Writing all
the morning, loafing all the afternoon, then
leaving my room in possession of Morris, Billington
and the artist Thomson (who characteristically pre-
ferred it to that of the former) to Chapin s.       Subse-
quently to Edwards  where Morris came afterwards.
Haney there, and Hayes (the scene-painter.)   The
girls singing hymns.    Damoreau had been spend
ing the day with Haney.       He was up on Friday
evening in my room; has been discharged from
Frank Leslie s and gone over to the rival paper,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Describes listening to Banks talk at Pfaff's.
Date:1860-04-07
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Billington; Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes (painter); Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); O'Brien, Fitz James; Pearsall; Pfaff's (New York, N.Y.); Thomson (artist)
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.