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counter was being removed to another corner, the room was in
confusion, doors were open exposing a perspective of bare rooms, and
a slatternly girl was scrubbing the passage floor.     The Major said
times were harrud, but by G__ he d made money, that all his cus-
tom was at night, and his patrons, by G_d were perfect strangers
to him.  Did I know Brougham s address? Brougham was a devilish
good fellow sure enough, but he d got into his debt and now he
never came near him.  Then the Major rebuked a small boy who ask-
ed him for a nutmeg or money to buy one; then he slightly bullied
his bar-man   an officious, black-haired, pigeon breasted fellow with
brushed up wig and moustache   and told him not to be familiar with
the boy or sure he d laugh in his face!       And then   I came away.
Prevented from going over to Parton s as appointed, by the rain.
Sat up writing till 1 or 2, at work on an article I d put aside,
out of sheer discontent with my first attempt at it.   Getting suddenly
to work after supper resolved to go through with it.
  16.  Saturday.  To the Harpers by omnibus.  Saw Bonner.
To Pic and Nicknax offices.   Haney not returned from Brooklyn.
Met little Edge, returning up town.      He talked of Watson s
play.   Bellew  came up to my room in the afternoon.
  17  Sunday.  The Major came with a cut on his face and finger,
and a confused account of how a rowdy had entred his bar-room,
made a disturbance, drew a pistol on him and finally made a 
stab at him with a dirk knife.   Truth, in the Mayor s stories, is
what a joint of meat is to soup   it forms the stock, but there
are so many garnishings and condiments added of his own invention
that the original flavor is quite overpowered.    It would seem impossible
for an Irishman to be veracious.       He told us that he d got a war-
rant out, had got the policeman discharged, had turned off fourteen
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page fifty-seven
Description:Describes a conversation with ''the Major'' Piercy.
Subject:Bars (Drinking establishments); Bellew, Frank; Bonner, John; Brougham, John; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Piercy; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, 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.