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                  Banks indignant!
ally a truer gentleman than Bellew.   Had
Cahill confessed the truth, even on the last
morning, he would have been helped out of his
scrape.    The Mercury business, amounting to
$50, which he collected and spent, Cahill never
repaid to the proprietors of the paper.    He got
Bellew to intercede for him to prevent legal penal-
ties.    Like all weak people he told lies about
this and other matters.
  21.  Thursday.  Trying to write.  Down town
in the afternoon, to Nick-nax office.  Met Banks
who declared that he d  never go near Smith any
more  for publishing the paragraph about Cahill.
To W. Leslie s and returned up town with him.
By 9 to 745.     Haney, Knudsen and the Galli-
cized young Englishman and his sister, who live
in Brooklyn, with the other young men there,
the girls entertaining them, in the absence of their
parents, who had gone to Niblo s from which they
presently returned, having witnessed a burlesque
by Mort Thomson, at which Fanny and Jim
were present.      Stayed till 11  , then broke
up.                  O Brien appeared at our supper-
table to-night, being brought thither by Shepherd,
which young man looked flattered by his society.
He  introduced  me in a word or two, followed
by a nominal recognition.    O Brien looked vicious,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page forty-seven
Description:Mentions Banks being furious at Smith for writing an article about Frank Cahill's defalcation.
Date:1860-06-20
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Leslie, Frank; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Shepherd, N.G.; Smith, James L.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
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.