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  10.  Friday.  A cheery morning s tramp up to
52nd St, to borrow book from Bellew, railed it
back and went to scribbling comic story.   Evening
an ineffectual call at Hillards .            Yesterday, by
the bye, I met Colonel Forbes, at the Park gate.  He
looked like a seedy Russian and said with his usual
enthusiasm that though he wasn t doing anything par-
ticular he was planning a ten strike.  You shall see
it,  says he!
  11.  Saturday.  Wrote till 12 1/2, then down town.
Met Welden with two  Times  men near the Pewter Mug,
Frankfort St   one of  em a palpable Irishman.  Brougham
passed us going to and from Frank Leslie s, giving us
good morning.   Another quasi Times man joined us,
a broad spoken Yorkshireman whom I recollect as a most
prodigious bore.  He had just taken his passage for
England, was attired in a rough fur cap, a dubious
whity brown coat, all rar stringy and ragged, pants
to match and nondescript boots.  With his broad, coarse,
vulgar, good humored face and three days beard he
was a queer spectacle.       To Tribune Office.  Saw
Dana, told him what I wanted.  I m not very intimate
with Mr Mc Elrath,  said he,  but I ll give you a
note.   Took it to Mc E., had another talk with him.
Something may come out of it.  If it were the daily  he
said,  I could put you in a berth directly.  Suggested
book to review, Sangers History of Prostitution, pub-
lished by the Harpers.  I believe it is an offence against
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-six
Description:Describes having a drink with Charles Welden and other ''New York Times'' reporters.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Brougham, John; Dana, Charles A.; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Oliver; McElrath; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):52nd Street; Frankfort Street
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.