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         To him that hath shall be given. 
This  Nic-nax  work I get because Bel-
lew don t want to do more than he can help,
being able to put his time to more profitable
use.       Cahill proves a more friendly editor to
me, thus, than was Haney; who was right enough,
Heaven knows, in preferring Bellew s cuts, when
he could get  em; but who used to give no end
of work also to little Nast, when the little, fat
beggar hardly wanted it, and putting a few
dollars in my pocket would have been a good-
natured thing.     One s friends are not uncom-
monly apt to overlook one s necessities thus; they
unconsciously take their tone from those around; 
because a man is poor they involuntarily rate
his abilities at a lower standard than they do
when he s up in the world.       I never knew
any exception to this rule.       The only persons
who have faith in you, when you are poor
and unhappy are perhaps your mother, 
and certainly the woman who loves you.
  24.  Thursday.  Drawing awhile, then
down-town, to Harpers, got proof of story and
payment, $30.            Looked into  Courier  Office,
then up-town, a June day, warm and sunny.
Mrs. Wall called after dinner, talk of her
residence at Bergen Point.     Out to tailors,
paid him.     Returned, did drawing on wood,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Comments on the difference between Frank Cahill and Jesse Haney as editors of ''Nick Nax'' in giving him work.
Date:1860-05-23
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Nast, Thomas
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.