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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 168, March 29-April 5, 1859

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Identifier: DX03336786

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 168, March 29-April 5, 1859

Description: Regarding the faith of A.F. Banks in Henry Clapp and the approaching demise of the New York Picayune.


since I did it [Howell's] in my Restaurant series. [A.F.] Banks' epidemical hero-worship has now elevated [Henry] Clapp to the place of honor in A. F's ill-balanced mind! Clapp goes to call on Banks at his Wall Street office and on one of the latter's fellow clerks commenting on the ugly and sinister appearance of the little man, Banks blazes into Euphinistic wrath, telling the ribald clerk that that man, Sir, possesses more talent in his little finger than the e he and his preceding seventeen generations — if he has seventeen generations, which A. F. doubts! Furthermore, Banks eulogizes Clapp's villainous egotism for the profoundest thought &c after the old, delightful fashion. I find something exquisitely appropriate in this conjunction. Clapp in his heart must have the hardest contempt for Banks: the latter is the honester of the two. It's immensely funny. Symptoms of "caving in" again on the part of the wretched Picayune. [Frank] Bellew is so well employed, principally by the Harpers, that he don’t do any drawings; wherefore they use old cuts and transfers. No original matter in the paper — all stealings. Met [Charles E.] Wilbour who spoke of affairs to me; said in case of [Bob] Gun's dropping it, he thought of continuing, relying on me for drawings. The paper don't deserve to live, Bob Gun drifting, as usual — hard up, but spends money at taverns, as usual. I met [Frank] Cahill, one night, at Howells; being rather drunk he magnami-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-05

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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