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Waud came.     He now at work for Chapin, and doing well.
Out with him and imbibed.
  14. Tuesday.   Drawing big Reveille Cut.   A letter from
Barth, at Buffalo.      Down town, Reveille & Lantern
Offices.   Randall calling.   At the Lantern Office, I found the usual
assemblage of unfortunate fellows dunning Powell.  Watson irate &
rebellious.      The Seymours (alias Baileys,) in waiting.        The
Lantern is in debt with everybody, & I think no one has an
interest (pecuniarily) in its existence, save Powell.    Good-tempered,
genial   John Brougham, one can t dun him.   I don t believe he
takes money out of the concern.  Powell I know does   he lives
on it & his family.         A most ingenious, indefatigable humbug he is
too,   ever promising never performing,   now half rallying-half
bullying, dodging, feining, everything.      All the fellows have the
like experience of him.      He s given orders for money on Dexter
(always repudiated on presentation)  to each;   he s taken them
out where he s to receive money, (which he is always disappointed
in.)   He s bidden them wait ten minutes & bolted for the day.
  All have money among them, artists, wood-peckers, scribblers
  all.     Verily as North s  Aunt  hath it, Diogenes is a promising
man & hath hopeful contributors.          After supping in com
pany with Waud, Swinton & Fay, off along to Metropolitan
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page forty
Description:Comments on the ''Lantern'' owing money to many writers, artists, engravers, and others.
Subject:Barth, William; Brougham, John; Chapin, E.H.; Debt; Fay; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lantern.; North, William; Powell, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Randall; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Swinton, Alfred; Watson, John; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Buffalo, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.