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course some reader discovers this and writes
to Caldwell about it.         He owns some seven of
Arnold s stories, concocted on this plan, as yet
unpublished.    The Bohemians tell this as a good story
among themselves.  Walt Whitman is voted mean
as he never stands drinks or pays for his own
if it s possible to avoid it.        Of O Brien, said
Shepherd,  I never knew he was a man of such
general information.    He gave us a very in-
teresting description of the Monastery of La Trappe
which he seems to have visited, though at first
he had almost forgotten the event  &c &c !!  I
question whether he has ever been in France; he has
equivocated and contradicted himself on the subject
in my presence.              So much for the Bohemians
for this time.
  30.  Monday.  Down town, to Harpers.  John
Bonner read Havana execution article I had de-
signed sending to Dickens  and accepted it.  Only
$6 odd cents.      To Frank Leslie s, found him
and got ticket for the Great Eastern s excursion
to Cape May.    Hurried up town and found Da-
morean writing in my room.    Put a few things to-
geether and got down to Hammond Street by 2
P.M.        Dined on sandwiches and lager, then
got aboard by means of the Island Belle tug-boat.
Here, although I have written an account for
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Regarding stories about the Bohemians obtained from N. G. Shepherd.
Date:1860-07-29
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Bonner, John; Caldwell; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.; Whitman, Walt
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Hammond Street
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.