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	     Momus  a failure
and the prime result is, here, a revela-
tion of the most brutal Anglophobic preju-
dices.   The  Herald,  that devil s mouth-
piece for the Million s instinct towards every-
thing base and bad, has an editorial in it
to-day, which ought to have been printed
in blood and ordure.         Young Honeywell
was excited and exercised on the occasion.
Haney had gone off, convoying Miss Ann.
Morris came.          Talking with Sally.
  Addey called this morning, coming up in
my room, where were Boweryem, Cahill
and Morris.     Momus  is the dreariest of
failures, everyway, the triumvirate on it have
in every respect fulfilled the line in the Litany,
about leaving undone the things they ought to
have done and doing, &c.       The few Sunday
papers that notice, vilify it, even Briggs
(who has written the meanest, trashiest, dirtiest
article in it) casts his stone, too.         So poor
Addey is decidedly chap-fallen; so much so
that when he praised my initial and suggested
they d like to have more, I put off my refusal
to the score of business, rather than tell
him my fixed intention, of neither writing or
drawing for the paper, unless fairly engaged
on it.       He s discontented with Rosenberg, Gay-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Regarding the failure of ''Momus.''
Date:1860-04-29
Subject:Addey; Boweryem, George; Briggs, Charles F.; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Momus.; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); New York herald.; Publishers and publishing; Rosenberg
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.