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breach of trust or forgery, which necessitated
his flying hither and adoption of his present feigned
name.     I first met him at the Pic Office, in Glover &
Levison s time, when he consorted with little Edge, who
was his sworn admirer.   He, Watson, toadied Glover
even then.   He used to borrow, get money in advance on
a slimy pretence of being in danger of ejecton from his boar-
ding-house, then to squander the money in low pot-houses.
He got clothes, money &c from Haney.    He was kicked
out, literally, from more than one place of public entertain-
ment.   He, or an equally odious brother, was detected com-
mitting Onamism in a room of public resort.   How he
starved with little Edge about the timber-yards of the North
river during the summer on which I went to England
has been chronicled.   He lost his last berth, that of theatrical
critic on the Courier, for attempts at black-mailing actors.
Now he occupies the berth of another scoundrel Darcy.
  A nice style of man to be drinking with!   For Glover,
he is only a fool or near to it, and sensual.  Has a
smooth, youngish face, rather protruding eyes, light hair
and a sensual, bad, low mouth.   Dresses dandyish,
withal.     Watson looks what is is, if ever man did.
Short, extremely so, reddish-haired, with a livid, unwhole-
some Londonish complexion, and a night-towering aspect.
If a mans voice may be said to sound greasy his does.
It always impresses me thus.            Sat and listened,
mostly.     Gun  don t speak  to Cahill now.   Says that
Cahill s acted shabbily in other than money matters.  Pro-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred
Description:Describes Fred Watson and Thad Glover.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Darcy, John; Edge, Frederick; Glover, Thad; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[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.