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	     Bellew s Debts in England.
of the snug little house with the largish garden)
  Boutcher loves money so much that he attempts
a two penny ha penny bit of dishonesty at the ex-
pense of an old friend, three thousand miles away,
and Bellew nobbles Boutcher of a borrowed  5!
The latter would feel the loss more than I should,
poor as I am; he always had a keen eye for the
shekels.   I shan t dun Bellew for the money, beyond
telling him I ve had a letter from W. B.              I
know Bellew s departure from England, like that
from New York, was done with a certain amount of
secrecy, with a heavy trail of unpaid debts behind.
He ordered clothes in London, on his arrival, to
the amount of  30 or  40, so Cahill says,
(in confidence) burnt half a dozen wax candles of
evenings, when he couldn t have gas, went it ex-
pensively every way.   I suppose he may owe four
or five hundred pounds in England, perhaps
twice or thrice the sum in New York.    He comes
evidently of an Irish, Thackerayesque family.
The father, Captain Bellew, is according to
Cahill s representations, a sort of pious old Pen-
dennis;  a tuft-hunter, fond of introducing
the names of noblemen of his acquaintance in con-
versation and of displaying rings willed to him by the il-
lustrious defunct.    He visits country mansions; fus-
ses a good deal and is excessively respectable.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Regarding the Bellew family.
Date:1862-01-04
Subject:Bellew, Francis-John; Bellew, Frank; Boutcher, William; Cahill, Frank; Debt; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; London, England
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.