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	           Hunting up Work.
back to New York by 9.     Singing going on the par-
lor; Warne and others there.         Girls in the adjacent
one,  carrying on ; Lizzie Woodward on Fyte s
knees &c.          Stayed half-an-hour, then to my room
and a little [phonography].
		           /
		    September.
  1.  Saturday.  Writing a bit.  To the  World 
office in accordance with a note from Stedman.
He wanted me to come in the afternoon to see
Marble.       To  Courier  Office previously   lager
with Dunn English, to Post-Office,  Nick-nax 
&c.   At the latter, saw Larrison, who, talking
of things, praised Howard and said that he
(Howard)  had taken a great fancy to him   where
fore he does the big cats and lion s share of the 
drawing, very generously, at the prices Bellew
used to get for them!        So I am shouldered out
there; however Larrison gave me two blocks to
do.     Well that I should have tried something to
lift me out of this   only Bellew, I think, believed
in my capacity for drawing; of late I ve experien-
ced such hard fortune at it, that I have learnt
to doubt it myself.    When by accident, self distrust
or the amiable depreciation of one s good friends,
or all together, a tide of disfavor sets in against a poor fellow,
how everybody goes with the stream! how what he
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and four
Description:Regarding his lack of success at finding drawing work.
Date:1860-08-31
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Drawing; English, Thomas Dunn; Fite; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Howard; Larason; Marble; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Warne; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite)
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.