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	        Bellew s Debts.
his credits, I think, none of the best, and he
had experienced a hideous amount of dunning.
His loose-handed generosity was practiced
at the expense of justice; he was too careless
or too liberal or not self-denying enough to res-
pect the minor economies.    He would as soon
invite ten chance acquaintances to drink as
one; when he wanted anything and had money
in his pocket he paid for it, when he hadn t
he got into debt with perfect equanimity.  Yet
he was sensitive and savage when dunned.
Everybody (but his creditors) liked him so,
that there was a general reticence about the
debt and credit side of his nature, and about
his unfavorable traits   if he had other   to a
degree I ve never seen equaled.       Cahill would
talk of Bellew s debts, under his breath, as it
were, and, to this moment I don t know whet-
her Bellew did not owe him money for attend-
ing to his affairs while he and family were in
the Wachusett mountain or not.   Cahill always
asserted this and affected to regard the favors
he had from Bellew as indirect modes of pay-
ment.    Bellew denies or half denies it.    He
certainly owes papa Edwards the sum of $30
for gin, furnished to himself and Major Pier-
cie, about the time that the latter went into
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and eighty
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's debts and spending habits.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Debt; Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Piercy
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.