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            Bellew gives me some Advice.
Times  and Strong s for $ owing.    At the  Eve-
ning Post  office, saw Ripley, Maverick and
Nordhoff.     More chances of work.  Return.  In
the evening Boweryem came home with the news
that Cobb was in town, so at 10 we went down
to Courtlandt street and there left a note of
invitation to him.
  6.  Sunday.   Writing a story.     In the afternoon,
Bellew came up and sat an hour.     Out together
for a stroll, down and up Broadway.          Talk
of fellows, of success in life and the lack of
it.     Quoth he, in advice to me, on some incident-
al denunciation of Bohemiansim on my part:  Take
$5 in silver and spend it in treating fellows
at Crook and Duff s   You have managed them
badly.  &c.  His theory about  the debtors and
borrowers,  as Rabelais calls them, is curious:  If
a man acknowledges a debt, or lets you see that
he remembers it, it doesn t so much matter if
he doesn t pay it.      Like Micawber s recognition
of his indebtedness to Traddles.      I spoke my
convictions about O Brien, whom Bellew defended.
Clapp he holds almost at his right estimate.      That
newspaper gorilla he knew for the first time in
England, when Clapp often dined at his ex-
pense.   On Bellew s departure for America, the
American would have depleted him of two-thirds
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes a conversation with Frank Bellew.
Date:1861-10-05
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bohemians; Books and reading; Boweryem, George; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Cobb, Myron H.; Crook and Duff�s (New York, N.Y.); Debt; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Maverick, Augustus; New York evening post.; Nordhoff; O'Brien, Fitz James; Ripley, Philip; Strong, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Courtlandt 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.