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           Sol s generosity and absurdity.
Alf had seen the ring, recommended the jeweller,
indeed; Tommy got the thing a great bargain.
Alf had spoken before of Mort Thomson s appro-
aching marriage with  Fanny Fern s daughter, 
about which Nast and Eytinge conversed, af-
fecting mystery.       Waud didn t credit his bro-
ther s volunteering until I confirmed it, when
he pronounced Bill a fool, denounced the South
Carolinians, said he had been requested to go
to Charleston on a sketching expedition, but had
refused on account of his family.      Sol, by the bye,
did a generous thing; prices wh were cut down,
not long ago, when he insisted that his salary
and Alf s should be equalized; he got more
than Waud heretofore.     Alf had a family and
needed it, he said.          Here s a good anecdote
of Sol.     Editor Phillips (who is an ass, though
in some respects a likable one) has an half-
affected, Boythornish way of bringing a trip-
hamer to bear on a ten-penny nail in talk; of
firing off fifty pounders at butterflies.    He came
rushing into the aquarium, or artists  shop, one
morning, doing the franticly-indignant against
the South.        Sol, who had been sitting drawing in
moody assiduity, suddenly leapt to his feet and
throwing his arms aloft, burlesqued Phillips  bogus
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page eighty-eight
Description:Describe a conversation with Alfred Waud about Sol Eytinge.
Date:1861-04-13
Subject:Civil War; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Military; Nast, Thomas; Searle, January (G. S. Phillips); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Charleston, South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-06-01

 

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.