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[Gunn s handwriting]
N. Y. Times.

[loose newspaper clipping]
  The announcement that Francis Henry
Temple Bellew died yesterday at the home of
his daughter, on Long Island, will appeal to
the generation that is thinning out, rather than
to those who are now most active in city life.
There was a time, extending over more than a 
score of years, when a signature of Bellew,
written within a triangle, was familiar to the
readers of all the illustrated papers.  A few of
his former chums, such as Ed Underhill, Frank 
Cahill, and Walt Whitman, with perhaps enough
others to count on the fingers of one hand, alone
have personal recollections of him when he was
at his best.  They all speak of him as genial,
pleasant, and full of anecdote, and a thoroughly
companionable and loveable man to the end.
  Frank Bellew, as he was commonly known,
was born in Calcutta, India, in 1827.  His
father, an Irishman, was a Captain in the British
Army.  His mother was English.  He received
an education in France, and put out his sign as
an architect in London when he was about 22
years old.  Visiting Scotland the next year, he
wrote a series of illustrated sketches that were
put in book form, called  A Cockney in the
Highlands.   This book brought him some repu-
tation, and he diversified his life for the next
two or three years with fugitive and random 
light writing.  In 1853 he came to this country
and embarked with John Brougham in the pub-
lication of the Lantern, then a favorite comic
weekly.  When this venture went out, he joined
Thomas Strong in founding Yankee No-
tions, an issue of the same charac-
ter.  He went to Chicago about 1854,
but soon returned here, and joined William
Levison in the Picayune.  About this time
he wrote and drew sketches for Harper s Maga-
zine and Harper s Weekly, and afterward he
founded various papers, among them John
Donkey and Vanity Fair.  He returned to Eng-
land in 1860, where, with George Augustus
Sala and Blanchard Jerrold, he founded Temple
Bar and also drew sketches for Punch and
American scenes for the Illustrated London
News.  He came to New-York again in 1861, re-
summing work for the Harpers and for other pub-
lishers.  Of late years his sketches and writings
have appeared in Harper s Magazine, Harper s
Young Folks, St. Nicholas, Texas Siftings, and
other publications.  He was especially happy
in writing and sketching stories for children.
He started a daily, called Dawn, three years ago.
It died young.
  For several months he had been in failing
health, but it was not until about a month ago
that he had to take to his bed.  His friends in
the city were much surprised yesterday to hear
that he had passed away.  Mr. Bellew was thor-
oughly American in his ideas, and wholly without
pretentions.  His friends believed, however, that
he was the rightful heir to the estates of Lord
Bellew in Ireland.  He leaves a son of the same
name, an artist, and a daughter.

[Gunn s handwriting]
June 30/88
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and sixty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping of an obituary for Frank Bellew from ''The New York Times.''
Subject:Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Jr.; Brougham, John; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Illustrated London news.; Jerrold, Blanchard; Lantern.; Levison, William; New York picayune.; New York times.; Obituaries; Punch.; Sala, George Augustus; Strong, Thomas; Underhill, Ed; Vanity fair.; Whitman, Walt; Yankee notions, or, Whittlings of Jonathan´┐Żs jack-knife.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.