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                           Beckett Bellew.
nuisance and a loafer.    With that ineffable impu-
dence of his, he would go poking about in kitchens,
bedrooms, everywhere, making himself more free
than welcome.     Banks took this in dudgeon and
said, bai Jove! that Beckett was paying his wife
a very pretty compliment!   thereby delicately insinu-
ating that jealousy was the cause of his exceptional
exclusion.  (He has a crack-brained conceit insinua-
ting that is he is rather an agreable insinuating
man among women; though they generally regard
him with utter detestation.)   Whereupon Beckett s
very limited stock of patience gave out and he presen-
ted Banks with  the best thrashing he ever had in
his life    concluding by inviting him to stop till
he got well.           I am not at all sure but Banks
would congratulate himself on the adventure.    It
secures him board and lodging for a week, at
least.     Beckett s part of the affair is very Irish.
  13.  Thursday.   In doors until the after-
noon; then out; paid tailor, and down Broad-
way.   Met John A. Wood who told me the particulars
of Banks  licking, as detailed above.   We
were talking, when Beckett appeared, looking, as
usual, like an ideal narry.             Up town, wearied,
and out of sorts.   To-bed by 8 o clock, but
didn t get to sleep till 2 or 3, and then dropped
into uneasy, unrefreshing slumber.
  14.  Friday.   In-doors scribbling.  Billing-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page sixty-four
Description:Describes the thrashing of Banks by Patrick Beckett Bellew.
Date:1862-11-12
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Bellew, Patrick Beckett, Mrs.; Billington; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.