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  20.  Saturday.  Writing during the forenoon, &c.
Down town, to Pic Office, etc.   Diarrheaish.  Bath and
to bed betimes.
  21.  Sunday.  Snow, developing drizzling rain all
day.  In doors till evening, then called on the Jewells.
  22.  Monday.  Down town to Office of Knickerbocker
Mag, saw Noyes the editor and left stories.  To Wells &
Webb, Leslie s &c.   Met Thomson.   Afternoon & evening,
wrote to Mary Anne and did drawing on wood.   Mrs Gou-
verneur and her brat   the younger one   here this evening.
  23.  Tuesday.  Spent the evening with Hitchings,
at the house of Hillard s brother, Oliver having gone to
the opera.   Looked over sketches with apropos talk.
All Bostonians know each other, so I m not surprised
that Hitchings is acquainted with plenty of literary and
artistic celebrities.   Holmes, he says, is disagreable and
an egotist, entering a room with a look  as if everybody
stunk.    He, Hitchings, has talked with him of pictures,
and seen him at the Boston Sketch Club   where Holmes
created a disagreable impression.   (The fault may
have lain with the club   one is loth to believe unpleasant
things of the brilliant  Autocrat. )   Emerson, Hawthorne,
Edmund Quincy &c, Hitchings has met, knowing the 
last familiarly.      From celebrities to notorieties   he
could tell me something of Clapp.    I am not a bit sur-
prised to find that the hideous little  Free lover  is a 
scoundrel.    He had some clerkish post in Boston, per
petrated some dishonesty in it, which either necessitated
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fourteen
Description:Describes a conversation with Hitchings about the literary celebrities of Boston, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Subject:Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawthorne, Nathaniel; Hillard, Frank; Hillard, Oliver; Hitchings; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Sr.; Noyes; Quincy, Edmund; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):Boston, [Massachusetts]; [New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.