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          The Hankins Couple s Swindle.
tained few or no subscriptions and is now
stranded high and dry somewhere, I think
at Northampton, unable to pay her hotel-bill
or to her fare home.      So she writes secretly
to Phillips, who is sweet upon her and supposed
^|to be| suspiciously so.     He hasn t money enough and
applies to Cahill, who of course lends it,
though he owes money to both Mrs. Boley and
little Boweryem.                This  Marie Louise 
is the wife to my old acquaintance, Hankins
of Philadelphia, of the  Empire City,  and
other flash papers, of the Tombs, of the
 Whole World  Gift Enterprize swindle,
of the  Traveller,  and much more.        I see
the fellow in Broadway occasionally, sporting
a prodigious beard and he grins recognizing-
ly at me.          The paper is a trashy, flimsy
affair, kept up by obtaining  young lady  
solicitors, who go round doing the fascination
business for the victimization of subscribers.
Editors accord puffs to it from gallantry,
to  women who are trying to get a living,  Han-
kins prudently keeping in the rear.        Roberts
asked me to puff it in the  Constellation.        I
didn t.             Selina Jewell and her sister
Nellie once applied at Hankins  out of
curiosity and idleness, in answer to his adver-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and seven
Description:Regarding the newspaper run by Hankins and his wife.
Date:1860-05-14
Subject:Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hankins; Hankins, Mary Louise; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Phillips; Publishers and publishing; Roberts, George; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Women
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.