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                 and of the N. Y. Times.
now his wife.   Bellew always abused the Cin-
cinatti people and had, I suspect, been furious-
ly hard-up there and dunned.           He declared
that the hotel proprietors would retain your
baggage if you didn t pay  em in advance
and much more.     I think Hamilton befriend-
ed him, wherefore he returned it when the
architect came to New York, and puffed him
on every available occasion.     But architect-
ture didn t pay in the Empire City, so Hamil-
ton tried sundry things, journalism among
the rest.   I believe he  edited  or furnished
a monthly column of feeble jocularities for
a feeble monthly, the Family Something or other.
Also he wrote letters to a Cincinnatti paper
and   I think through Bellew s introduction
  got to furnish occasional editorials for
the Times.    Once he projected selling sand-
wich boxes, of a peculiar construction, desig-
ned by Bellew, to railway travellers, but
Mrs Hamilton thought it wouldn t pay.  She
had her husband under subjection, deposed
Haney.     Hamilton had been at Fortress Mon-
roe for the Times, but had seen nothing of the
war; now they sent him in high glee on the
Banks expedition.     He had also got a dupli-
cate commission to sketch for Harpers, on
a retaining fee of $10 per week; his sketches
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eighty-six
Description:Describes journalist and architect Hamilton.
Date:1862-12-04
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Bellew, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Mrs.; Haney, Jesse; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Journalism; New York times.
Coverage (City/State):Cincinnati, [Ohio]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-11-16

 

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.