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    Bellew s Experiences with the  Punch  men.
Bellew and Cahill used to abuse England toget-
her.    She was very kind to him; he (who used
to dislike her) is now full of her praises.    She would
give him cakes of scented soap, with delicate
subterfuges which he seems to admire exceedingly.
(I like Cahill on delicacy!)      Bellew found some
difficulty in penetrating the close corporation of
 Punch,  but has accomplished it effectually.   Not
knowing prices, he was referred by Mark Lemon
to Swain, the foreman of the engravers   the man
I knew in the same capacity.    Whereupon Bellew
wrote to Julian Portch, one of the  Punch  artists,
who, in reply,  always made it a rule  to impart
no intelligence.   Then Bellew consulted Leech,
calling upon him for that purpose; who ^|he| was
civ civil, English and non-committal; could-
n t exactly say, believed so and so; he got a
salary; should think that an Artist ought not
to go to an Engraver, &c., &c.    Finally Bellew
charged considerably higher than Portch, got it
and casually mentioned both prices at the Arun-
del Club, of which both artists are members.
Bellew sent Cahill to Blanchard Jerrold, to
get something to do, to others, some of whom
promised without performance; he (Cahill) is
generally denunciatory of all of them.    Bellew,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page forty-seven
Description:Relates Frank Cahill's tale of his time in London.
Date:1861-03-30
Subject:Artists; Arundel Club; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Engravers; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jerrold, Blanchard; Leech, John; Lemon, Mark; Portch, Julian; Publishers and publishing; Punch.; Swain
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.