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  29.  Wednesday.  [Phonography] and writing.  To the
World Office in the afternoon, but Stedman had
left for the day.         Up-town, met Phillips (of the
Ill. News) who spake of A. Waud s conversational
Ruffianism, and who in speaking of the murderer
Hicks, concluded with this gentle sentiment:  I swear
to the Holy Ghost, I wouldn t lift a little finger to
save him from Eternal Torment!             The mouth
is a little member that speaketh great things.           A
brief letter from Bob Gun, dated Madderty, by
Creiff, Scotland.           Arrived three weeks ago  
revivals in progress   paternal prayer meetings  
going to London in a day or two   will write
again.          Writing all the evening till 10  .
  30.  Thursday.  To World Office, saw Sted-
man, Croly ( City editor) and Meyers; agreed
to come on Monday.     At the Courier office, saw
Smith.      Up-town.  Writing throughout the afternoon.
Going into Shepherd s room after supper, I found
young Frank Wood there.    With his hair parted in
the middle and worn rather longer than is common,
and drest in fashionable clothes, he yet looked
raw and ungraceful, long and coarse, a bad
imitation of a swell and man about town.  At
Shepherd s invitation we went out together, to a
saloon at the rear of Niblo s, there to partake of
punch of some special construction.   The talk of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Mentions going out to have a drink with N. G. Shepherd and Frank Wood.
Date:1860-08-29
Subject:Croly; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hicks, Albert W.; Meyers; Searle, January (G. S. Phillips); Shepherd, N.G.; Smith, James L.; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Waud, Alfred; Wood, Frank
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.