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             Intended Hoax on Mapother.
  2.  Wednesday.   Down town by 10.  to  Post 
office.   Saw Godwin; call again.     Met Hart
at the Astor by 11  .    To Walker and White
streets, endeavoring to discover  Major  Jim Turn-
er, to get him to show Hart and German some
crack gambling-halls.   To the  Post  again; saw
Godwin.   Answer unfavorable about the Kentucky
project, or assent postponed.       With Hart to
W. Leslie s, saw my long friend and little
Kendall.      Dined with Hart at Mataran s.
Up-town.       Evening doing chores and scrib-
ling.
  3.  Thursday.   Hart and German came.   With
them to Broome street, saw Turner.  Then took
them to Harry Jennings , to show them the place.
( Arry has been recently  sent up to the island  for
thirty days, for fighting dogs.)    Then Hart wrote a
letter to me, dating from Fort Lafayette,
the prison of  rebels  in the Harbor, stating that he
had been arrested and sent thither, which letter I
enclosed in another to Dillon Mapother, for the pur-
pose of hoaxing him, and sent it off during the
afternoon.        Return to dinner.  Writing.  At 10
P. M. met Hart, German and presently Turner and
a  sporting  acquaintance of the latter, and under the
guidance of this person, evidently a professional
gambler or  roper-in,  visited two faro-banks on
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page two hundred and twenty-four
Description:Mentions a hoax played by himself and Hart on Dillon Mapother.
Date:1861-10-02
Subject:Civil War; Dogfighting; Gambling; German; Godwin, Park; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Jennings, Harry; Journalism; Kendall; Leslie, William; Mapother, Dillon; Practical jokes; Turner, Jim
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broome Street; Walker Street; White Street
Scan Date:2010-06-15

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.