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     His Father, his Debts and  the Mejor. 
and, according to Cahill s account, is respecta-
blish, ultra-English (or Irish) an immense
venerator of aristocracy and an uncomfortable
parent.       He  interferes  in his son s domestic
economy, gives him advice, regrets his non-atten-
dence at church, and, finding him at work with
a bottle of gin by his side, one day, went round
among his friends deploring that Frank should be
a drunkard.         When the amiable  Mejor  return-
ed to England, although he had almost entire-
ly lived on Bellew when in New York, he told the
Captain that Frank had done nothing for him! in
accordance with his Irish nature.           Bellew
had to write a letter to his father, requesting his
non-interference with him.       His principal reason
for his keeping his departure a secret, previous to
his embarkation at New York, appears to have been
dread of some attempt to stop him on the part of
creditors.      He owes a devil of a lot of money here.
He has the loose Irish habit of improvident expen-
diture; if he wants a thing his idea is to have it
at once without counting the cost or his means; if
he has the latter, he pays; if not, not.       If he made
 500 a week he d knock it all down.            Cahill
has returned a great admirer of Mrs. Bellew s in
consequence of the poor woman s kindness to him.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page seventy-two
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's family and money problems.
Subject:Bellew, Francis-John; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Debt; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Piercy
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; England
Scan Date:2010-05-24


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.