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        High noon at Crook and Duff s.
at Crook and Duff s presently, a perfect
literary and artistic  on change.   Will Waud,
John McLenan, Gayler, young Fletcher Har-
per, and others, together, apart, in groups,
hither and thither, drinking and talking
promiscuously.   Day tropical.  I saw Thad
Glover pass by.    (By the bye Cahill accompani-
ed him to the Fashion Race Course and spent
a good deal of money on that occasion.) Bel-
lew and I lunched in the dining room, subse-
quent to visiting Bobbett and Hooper s office,
previous to which I went to see Paul, whom
I found prostrate with a sick headache.    Set
off about 2   with Bellew to see the newly-
arrived  Great Eastern  steam-ship.  Gayler wal-
ked a it of the way with us.        (He was out of
sorts, down on his luck and condemnatory in
his sentiments, was  Charley,  when in the bar-
room.      He talked of Addey s impecuniosity, of
how repeatedly he had disappointed him (Gayler)
of money, of the forthcoming collapse of Momus,
anon of the Courier s postponements in cashing
up.      I asked him if he had anything dramatic
under way.    He said he couldn t get a piece accep-
ted.     They know, too, that I never wrote a piece
that wasn t a success!       Then he disparaged  Doe
sticks.     Raising his black wide-brimmed som-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page fifty-nine
Description:Describes the noonday scene at Crook and Duff's and a talk with Charles Gayler.
Subject:Addey; Bellew, Frank; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Crook and Duff�s (New York, N.Y.); Gayler, Charles; Glover, Thad; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper, Fletcher; McLenan, John; Momus.; Paul; Publishers and publishing; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.