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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 143, April 7, 1860

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Identifier: DX02930186

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 143, April 7, 1860

Description: Describes meeting Addey and Newman who recently arrived in New York from England and plan to start a comic paper, Momus.

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[Henry] Addy and [William] Newman.

questionable business surely, only not villainous because exercised at the expense of villains. [Frank] Cahill is rather chagrined at [Arthur] Ledger’s departure. In the evening with [George] Boweryem up to the Unitary Home, to be introduced to a Mr. Addy, who, arrived from England by this days steamer, intends starting a comic daily paper, for which he has brought title, cuts and artist. The latter is Newman, once of “Punch,” but never of any note there. Addy is a portlyish, dark-haired man of perhaps forty, half-blind, so that he has to feel his way as much as see it. The title of the paper is “Momus,” which, of course, will be highly intelligible and appropriate to a Yankee community. Marry! they’d better have called it “Pop-Corn” or the “Daily Dough-nut!” Title elaborate, classic (!) The men are very eager about it, have entire faith in their enterprise and exhibit an ignorance of America and the Americans absolutely stupendous. They amiably pea pooh-pooh all that has been done hitherto, talk of artist herewill here with good-natured condescenscion [sic], and think lots of voluntary good matter will come in; that, in short, they have but to come, see see, and conquer. Addy has lived here before, too. Newman is

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-04-07

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Newspapers
Artists

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