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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 120, July 29, 1860

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Identifier: DX02734575

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 120, July 29, 1860

Description: Regarding stories about George Arnold and Henry Clapp obtained from N.G. Shepherd.



George Arnold and [Henry] Clapp.

alight on and be ensnared by its glutinosity. Very silly insects they must be, not to be warned off by the natural beacon of his [Clapp’s] hideous countenance! But he has victimized many; his whole problem of life being utterly selfish and damnable. He cronies most with George Arnold now. [Fitz James] O’Brien asserts that he has lent Clapp money repeatedly (which may be the case, for the Irishman’s vanity might induce him to play the free handed Bohemian) but that, when he, O’Brien was out of luck, in want of a dinner, homeless and half desperate, though he wrote almost supplicatory letters to Clapp, for a single dollar, he failed to obtain it. Clapp has next to begged from men at Pfaff’s, recieving [sic] a disdainfully given $10 note from one who “didn’t mind throwing that away on the Saturday Press.” He and Arnold hunt carrion-flesh of the female sort in common now; treating demi-harlots of the singing-saloon order to supper and seduction — sometimes losing their game, too. Arnold, says [N.G.] Shepherd, has grown systematical in depravity — whoring and drunkenness alternating with scribbling to procure the wherewithal for such. Here’s a sample of his literary dishonesty. Finding the invention of plots for his weekly story for the Mercury tiresome or inconvenient, he uses old ones, those of his which have appeared in the Golden Prize, renaming characters and revamping a little. Of

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-07-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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