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	       George Arnold and Clapp.
alight on and be ensnared by its glutinosity.  Very
silly insects they must be, not to be warned off by
the natural beacon of his hideous countenance!  But
he has victimized many; his whole problem of life being
utterly selfish and damnable.      He cronies most with
George Arnold now.    O Brien asserts that he has lent
Clapp money repeatedly (which may be the case, for
the Irishman s vanity might induce him to play the
free handed Bohemian) but that, when he, O Brien
was out of luck, in want of a dinner, homeless and
half desperate, though he wrote almost supplicatory
letters to Clapp, for a single dollar, he failed to
obtain it.       Clapp has next to begged from men
at Pfaff s, recieving a disdainfully given $10 note
from one who  didn t mind throwing that away on the
Saturday Press.           He and Arnold hunt carrion-
flesh of the female sort in common now; treating
demi-harlots of the singing-saloon order to supper
and seduction   sometimes losing their game, too.
Arnold, says Shepherd, has grown systematical
in depravity   whoring and drunkenness alternating
with scribbling to procure the wherewithal for such.
Here s a sample of his literary dishonesty.      Finding
the invention of plots for his weekly story for the
Mercury tiresome or inconvenient, he uses old ones,
those of his which have appeared in the Golden Prize,
renaming characters and revamping a little.         Of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Regarding stories about George Arnold and Henry Clapp obtained from N. G. Shepherd.
Date:1860-07-29
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.