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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 144, April 7, 1860

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Identifier: DX02930952

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 144, April 7, 1860

Description: Describes listening to A.F. Banks talk at Pfaff's.



A daily comic paper projected.

[William Newman is] light-haired, wrinkle-faced, queer, very, very English! Is it possible that I, that every Englishman coming to this country, does, at the outset exhibit this stupendous conviction that he is a gentlemanly Columbus among innocently-disposed savages, whom he intends to be very kind too [sic], if they behave well? I like [Henry] Addy well enough, but there’s only one good thing in his scheme — selling at a cent a copy. But how little he knows how keenly, how sharply everything relating to a Comic paper has been discussed here; how shrewdly reckoned up his “Momus” will be. This Bohemian life ought to teach one something. Left at 11, down to Pfaffs for lager. [A.F.] Banks there with a German. Banks cracked and talk————i————n————g at his usual dreary, endless, inconclusive, erratic, idiotic manner. His mind must be resembles a room full of sand, cobwebs and feathers, with a wind blowing into it. Here are fragments of his discourse. The tal tambourine girl (who came round begging and being complimented by fools) was the handsomest woman on New York — Dora Shaw (an elderly actress drinking in the cellar with such members of the clique as were present) was the handsomest

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-04-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Publishers and publishing


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