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	The Bohemians.   Reportorial.
Sears and one Shanley present, the last an
Irishman, not unlike O Brien.     I sat half-
an-hour drinking with them; the talk was dreary
enough, Phallic, newspaperish and the like.
De Walden came in about midnight, with his
white beard, and laying his gouty leg upon a chair,
treated the party and talked Bohemianish about
Addey s  Momus  enterprise, scoffing at that ill-
advised ex-bag-man and  the Almighty Newman. 
The Irishman, Shanley, seemed to have some wit
in him; Frank Wood boasting his youth and
depravity, showed odiously, as usual.
  7.  Sunday.  Off, her 8th avenue rail,
Bloomingdale and Manhattanville stage, to Ca-
mansville, there to report the consecration of
a Presbyterian church.     There fifteen minutes,
then to the river-side.   It was a lovely, sunny
autumnal day, the country exceedingly beautiful,
and I intended crossing the Hudson, if feasible
to Fort Lee, to call on Dunn English.        But
there were no boats until I had walked to Man-
hattanville, along the riverside, and there the
only boatman wanted too much for ferriage, so
I returned, as I had come, to New York, by
about 2.      Will Waud came up after dinner
and stayed the afternoon.         Among other things
talked of, he gave me the particulars of his
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page thirty-five
Description:Describes an evening at Pfaff's.
Date:1860-10-06
Subject:Addey; Bohemians; De Walden; English, Thomas Dunn; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Momus.; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Sears; Shanley; Waud, William; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Carmansville, [New York]; Manhattanville, [New York]
Coverage (Street):8th Avenue
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.