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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 145, April 7-8, 1860

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Identifier: DX02931717

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 145, April 7-8, 1860

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



[A.F.] Banks and Brays.

woman in New York — he, Banks, had determined to devote himself to literature again — he’d give himself twelve months to obtain a footing — he had the entrée to Harper’s — anything he took there would be accepted (this in consequence of the insertion of one forlorn, half-cracked, half-column article!) — it served [Robert] Pearsall right that [Henry] Clapp had swindled him — what right had an aristocrat to come among literary (!) men? — with more blatherskite than this book would hold. I lit my pipe, and put my legs up, and let him talk. [Fitz James] O’Brien’s false, strident laugh proceeding from the cellar, and I saw Clapp’s hideous face on its way to it. Lord give me an opportunity to paint this life better than I’m doing it now!

8. Sunday. And a wet one. Writing all the morning, loafing all the afternoon, then leaving my room in possession of [James] Morris, Billington and the artist Thomson (who characteristically preferred it to that of the former) to [E.H.] Chapin’s. Subsequently to Edwards’ where Morris came afterwards. [Jesse] Haney there, and [Edward] Hayes (the scene-painter.) The girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] singing hymns. [Charles] Damoreau had been spending the day with Haney. He was up on Friday evening in my room; has been discharged from Frank Leslie’s and gone over to the rival paper,

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)


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