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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 168, November 11-14, 1855

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Identifier: DX03965889

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 168, November 11-14, 1855

Description: Describes lecturing A.F. Banks about money, and a visit from Mr. Alcock.


present, the former posting up Picayune ledgers, the latter writing home. There till 11, Sol [Eytinge] coming in.

12. Monday. Writing. Rain marred the fine weather. [A.F.] Banks up, in his usual demonstrative manner, indicating his advent by a violent poke at the door with his umbrella. He was also up on Saturday noon, when the talk drifted into my lecturing him on his squandering all his salary — over $20 per week, (he says.) I promised that ‘twas with no covert purpose, as I had no intention of borrowing. He received it half thoughtfully, infinitesimally sulkily, talked of it being “his nature,” spoke of indefinite amendment and “his friends” — (I believe he has none,) and left. Down town to-day to dine. Drizzle, mud and dismals externally; though I am not now, (God be thanked,) more healthy minded. To [William Makepeace] Thackeray’s last lecture of the Series in the evening. Rain, mud and damp darkness outside now.

13. Tuesday. Writing. [James] Parton found me dining at Goslings, he bringing proof for me to correct. By 4 for a walk & books to Mercantile, Banks, whom I met with O’Mana accompanieng. Return to writing till 12.

14. Wednesday. Old Alcock, formerly of the “Picayune” called. He is now employed by Price, who, recently married, has had a store in, or under, the Everett House on the Fourth Avenue, rented for him by his Rev’d father. They sell books and newspapers. The old Irishman chatted of the past proprietors of the Picayune, and gave edifying details of them. “Dick Hutchings” he said, had started another quack medecine,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-11-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Lectures and lecturing


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