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	Heenan,  the Benicia Boy. 
  22.  Wednesday.   To Strongs, finding him in con-
verse with Banks.      Instead of $30 for the
complete story, I got only $5 for the first chapter,
Strong expecting to pay for each as they appeared.
A disappointment, as I am sorely in need of the
money.      To the  Evening Post  office, as usual in
quest of employment; saw Nordhoff and Maverick.
Up-town.       In the afternoon to Godwin s residence,
he not well enough to receive me.   Returning through
the busy, bright street, thronged with well-dressed
people and pretty women, in rather matagrabolized
mood, I met Geary, our Irish boarder and ex-
minstrel who must have me take a glass of ale
and walk with him.      During the latter, he told
me that he had concluded an engagement for him-
self and daughter, at $70 per week for two
years, with Tom Thumb (?)  In Broadway we
met sundry gamblers, whom Geary recognized,
and John C. Heenan, the pugilist, to whom I 
was introduced.  The  Benicia Boy  was dressed
in a suit of perfectly new clothes, after the man-
ner of his class.      He is a tall, finely-propor-
tioned fellow, his symmetry rather concealing his
immense strength, his countenance not repulsive;
it might be considered coarsely good-looking.    He
wore a moustache and appeared like a Broadway
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Describes meeting John C. Heenan.
Date:1861-05-22
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Geary; Godwin, Park; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heenan, John C.; Maverick, Augustus; Nordhoff; Strong, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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.