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	 Bellew doesn t Pay or Lend.
Sixth Avenue, we drank and I asked him to
lend me a dollar.       He had little money but lent
me half my demand.  Talking subsequently, I fear he rather
diminished his earnings in view of what had pas-
sed.     In truth, what with the house, his wife,
her extravagances, doctorings &c and his own care-
less pecuniary habits he can neither afford to be
just nor generous  except in the way of stand-
ing drinks.    So far as that goes  he invites
everybody.    If he had had the wherewithal he ne
might have lent me $5 or more, but he would
never have thought of paying that  1, or me for
my work on the block for which he got $20
t other day.     I chronicle these things in perfect
goodwill to their subject, only as a study of char-
acter.         I didn t take that house,  said he,
of his present residence.  As if I didn t know
that.       Leaving him, I went in accordance
with an invitation, to the Robertson s, whither
Boweryem couldn t come in consequence of the set-
ting to music of one of his  little melladies  taking
him over to Brooklyn.         We chatted and drank
whiskey and water till 10, when I departed
and looked in at 745, to find the family,
Haney and Honeywell.  Matty had certain
newly-taken cartes-de-visite, which, we agreed,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and eight
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's pecuniary habits
Date:1862-02-02
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Boweryem, George; Debt; Edwards, Martha; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Robertson; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.