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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 171, November 15-18, 1855

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Identifier: DX03968561

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 171, November 15-18, 1855

Description: Describes a discussion with James Parton about the book on comic poetry they are collaborating on.


a pain in forehead, till 11, (which is even now sounding.) This same strange, unhealthy state of mind and body I am now in, appears to have enlarged my power of thought to a singular degree, especially with regard to my own life, and wherein it differs from that of others. I could put down strange matter now —

16. Friday. Writing. To [Matthew] Whitelaws in the evening, and then on to Bleecker Street for an hour.

17. Saturday. Down town in the afternoon, and looked into [Thomas W.] Strong’s, having heard of his intention to start a new weekly comic paper. Got prospectus. At the Picayune Office subsequently conversing with [Jesse] Haney; and [William] Levison entering intimated his desire that I should “do them one drawing” each week. Writing to Dillon Mapother in the evening, and till 12 1/2.

18. Sunday. Sunny and icily cold. (The days for the latter part of the week have been singularly mild and lovely ones.) Dined at Goslings, and then to [James] Partons, by 2 1/2. With him on Washington Square, Haney meeting us. The latter to Edwards [745 Broadway]; I supping with Parton, and then ascending to his room. And presently he spake repentingly that he had engaged in our joint enterprise, the “Comic Poetry” book, intimating that one could do it as well as two, and that he thought it desirable that one should by buy out the others labour, to complete what remains to be done singly. He took the ground that he had done more than I. In some sense rightly, his expenditure of money allowing him to purchase books and apply scissors at once. As instance. I got “Peter Pindar”’s four volumes from the Library,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-11-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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