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                 A queer Scotchman.
brought up into my room, with both of whom
I sat talking till bed-time.
  6.  Friday.  Syme up to look for Bob Gun.
He is one of the queerest of queer Scotchmen is
Syme, curiously grave-looking , seriously polite,
owing money, accustomed to getting solitarily drunk
in bar-rooms, when he loses his situation, becomes
hypochondriacal and imagines his forthcoming ruin.
He projects a return to Scotland shortly and I
believe only delays his departure that he may collect
certain very small debts.          Bob Gun crossed
the Atlantic with him and another Scotchman, who
drank himself to death at Hoboken.     Writing.
Down town in the afternoon, to Paul s.     Nic-nax
office, hither and thither.      Writing to my mother
in the evening, till midnight, Bob Gunn and
Damoreau in my room, the latter querulous and
declaring he had something the matter with his
kidneys.
  7.  Saturday.  A row at Pfaff s last night
of which I heard particulars of Shepherd, over
our breakfast-table.     It appears that House has
been talking loosely of O Brien, mentioning things
which everybody knows he is guilty of, but which
it isn t manners to speak too openly of.  For instance
he stated that O Brien had claimed the authorship
of other mens writings, both in Harpers and House-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty
Description:Describes Symes.
Date:1860-07-05
Subject:Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; House; O'Brien, Fitz James; Paul; Shepherd, N.G.; Symes
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.