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                     Banks thrashed by
seductive punch (brewed by papa Edwards) that
they were at least an hour and a half in advance 
of their inevitable inebriation.  They cheered, shouted,
indulged in  tigers  and made a perfect Babel of dis-
cord.     I had to respond to the toast of  the Press. 
Jack got a little tipsy and brought any amount of
his comrades to me, introducing each of them as
 a good republican    By 11 the party broke up,
but a few remaining in a lower room, where Ha-
ney and I wrote notices of the occasion for the
papers, to be conveyed down town by the porter.
  12.  Wednesday.   A dull, dark, disagreeable
depressing day, wasted mostly, and in-doors.
A story of Beckett Bellew obtained by Cahill,
from John A. Wood.      I found it necessary to
lick Banks,  said Beckett to Wood,  and I ve
got to keep him till he gets well!    Beckett is now
filling the responsible portion of conductor on the
Second Avenue Railroad!    And it was he who
had married an heiress!      Erin go Brag!     His
thrashing Banks originated as follows: the lat-
ter presented himself at Harlem and said, bai
Jove! he was going to have a good night s rest there,
and a good long day on the morrow.     Beckett
told him that he was welcome to come there when
he, the master of the house, was present, but the
fact was that Mrs Bellew objected to Banks
in her husband s absence, regarding him as a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page sixty-three
Description:Describes the thrashing of Banks by Patrick Beckett Bellew.
Date:1862-11-11
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Bellew, Patrick Beckett, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.