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for his proclivity to vice, not uncommonly
the accompaniment of folly.    Here s an exquisite
sample of him.          Scene, Crook and Duff s
tavern, time mid-day.    Frank Wood loquitur.
 I always attach myself to one of the demi-monde
when I go to a ball!    Of course, my dear boy 
says O Brien, ironically,  a man of the world like
you!   Fancy a gawkyish, whiskerless young fellow,
six feet long, wearing a cap and cloak, so getting
off the first speech.            There s a good deal of
a row about an epigram of Morris  on Clapp,
among the Clapp clique.    Here  tis, not over de-
cent but decidedly witty
         Clapp slept with a Mercer Street Venus
                 Who d__nably treated the same,
           For she took off the head of his penis
                  And also the tail of his name! 
  Cahill, or rather Bob Gun got this printed on
cards and gave them away among the fellows. Gay-
ler, George Arnold &c affect anger at the fact
of printing, not the writing.     Its known who did
it, as Morris wrote it, first, in the Vanity Fair
Office and of course young men Wood cackled
about the authorship.      I have no sympathy with
the hideous little Gorilla, its subject, and think the
thing s fair enough.     He has recently swindled some
other monied man into investing capital in the Sat-
urday Press; at least so Bob Gun says.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Regarding Frank Wood and a poem about Henry Clapp, written by James Morris.
Date:1859-12-23
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gayler, Charles; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); O'Brien, Fitz James; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.