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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 160, October 24-27, 1855

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Identifier: DX03958769

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 160, October 24-27, 1855

Description: Describes attending a meeting at Frank Leslie's house with other artists to discuss his new illustrated newspaper.


eloped. It is fortunate for them [Alf Waud and Mary Brainard] that the departure was so imminent. [James] Parton up for a brief space in the afternoon. Writing till 1.

25. Thursday. Drew during the morning. Parton came in the evening, and also Kelly, Dillon Mapother's acquaintance.

26. Friday. Writing, and searching book-stores, anent compilation. Meeting an engraver, Baker, (brother to him whom I knew on my first arrival in New York,) — now in [Frank] Leslie's employ, — in at Wurzbach's, I in the afternoon, had him bring a note inviting me to Leslie's up-town residene, the [there] to join certain artists &c who proposes to abet him in his new illustrated paper. [A.F.] Banks and W Waud up, and Banks again in the evening, — (came for something, of course.) Wrote on till 2 i' the morning.

27. Saturday. Love and friendship came knocking clamorously at the door, ere I had arisen, in the shape of a dampish postman, who brought letters from Hannah [Bennett], and [William] Boutcher. Hers as kind and good, and true, as was ever penned by woman. God make me worthy of her! His, containing 36 closely written pages, comprising his entire Asiatic experience, in lecture form, for my reviewing. Down town during part of the day, feeling most desolately alone, and thinking incessantly of the past, of home, my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], of Chacombe. At night took the 6th Avenue Cars, and up to 28th street, where resides Leslie. It is an unfinished, remote neighbourhood. [John] Mc Lenan, [Samuel] Wallin, Hitchcock, [Matthew] Brady (the photographer,) Baker, and Watson (musical man,) were there assembled, with others, Leslie acting the host in his usual feline manner. They laughed or sat for two hours or so, about

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-10-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Newspapers


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