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sketch of John Leech to dispose of, with a bit of
an article.    Haney, Briggs and Smith were there.
I had no sooner exhibited my drawing when the
second exclaimed, like the insulting beast he is:
 I don t believe that is a portrait of Leech!  adding,
more of the same sort in manner and speech.   Its
only his  manner , says Haney.     With a spice of
thought about a certain Century editorial, too.     I
always felt that Briggs was a beast, tried to modify
my opinion, and as usual, am confirmed in first

  1.  Monday.  Writing hard all day.  Century
editorial.       Cahill slept at Wood s lodgings.
  2.  Tuesday.  Down town in the afternoon, hither
and thither.     Cahill up in the evening and anon
Haney.   With the latter to Edwards .     A letter
from Jack describing the journey into the country,
illustrated by Nast s sketches.     Found Cahill
sitting in Washington Square at 11 1/2, miserably
enough, looking at the fountain.   He home with
me, as usual.
  3.  Wednesday.  Down town, hither and thither,
a very hot day.  Saw Sol Eytinge in the street,
the first time for many months.  He looks broad
and well.    Met Frank Wood and the artist
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page seventy-five
Description:Regarding a comment by Charles F. Briggs about Gunn's drawing of John Leech.
Subject:Briggs, Charles F.; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, John; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leech, John; Nast, Thomas; Smith, James L.; Wood, Frank; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.