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the drawing rooms, then descending to supper, in the basement.
It was a plentiful one, with champagne accompaniment.    But
all assembled, spite of much joyless laughter, were very
dull dogs, most of the wit of the evening consisting in wretched
riddles put forth by Hitchcock,   one of which was abused, discus-
sed, quoted, commented on and galvanized for the space of nearly
two hours.    Mc Lenan made one or two good puns.   But the
rest were all very, very dreary.    Speeches were made, in which
the speakers bewildered themselves hopelessly, Leslie talking cock-
neyisms.     At 3   I left them, walked through the night and
rain, thinking of much, to three blocks below the Crystal Palace,
then got a car, and down townwards; feeling very ill by the way.
  28. Sunday.  A bleak, raw, and gusty day.  Remained
in-doors till 1, breakfasting within, then out.    There had been
a rain shower or so, the sky looked yet threatening, though some-
times sunny.  To Grand Street, there making an unsuccessful
call at Whitelaws.   The wind blew fiercely, stripping the trees
of their yellow leaves, and tearing the canvas awnings and ban-
ners bearing the names of political candidates.     Thought intensely
of Sunday afternoon at home, and Chacombe.    Called in at
Bank s awhile.  Dined at Ittners, then to Bleecker
Street, looking in on Sol Eyting and Will Waud. Learn-
ing that Haney had gone on to the Edwards , I followed,
and entered the pleasant basement, where were children and
women, and kindly faces.   Had tea, and stayed till 9 or so,
then with Haney to Bleecker Street again, and presently to my
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Describes attending a meeting at Frank Leslie's house to discuss his new illustrated paper with other artists.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hitchcock; Leslie, Frank; McLenan, John; Waud, William; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Grand Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.