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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 149, April 11, 1860

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Identifier: DX02934780

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 149, April 11, 1860

Description: Regarding preparations by Henry Addey and William Newman to launch the comic newspaper Momus.



[Henry] Addey shilly-shallying.

and wouldn’t go, that the woman [Elizabeth Griffin] begged to have her stay, wherefore Mrs. P. [Catharine Potter] relented for brief space. Mrs. G. “repents she ever got married,” deponent don’t know what, but will return shortly to Niagara. Return to supper, then with [George] Boweryem, who had occasion to see [Henry] Addey, to the Unitary Home, where we found him and [William] Newman. Latter eulogistic of my book, entreated me to regard myself as one of the Momus “corps,” former rather ignored editorial proposition; said for the present he should dispense with an editor, or undertake the office himself — had decided on $5 a column as the rate of pay — would I get to work &c., do this, that and t’other, suggested a sample article on a notion I had spoken of — not to be used, but offered as a specimen — a proposition I decidedly demurred to. (Might as well ask a tobacconist for a sample pound of tobacco!) A good-humored man, with but two ideas with regard to the enterprise, one that he is to start a paper, second it’s shape and price — adrift as to aught else. Has evidently been rushing about to everybody as to me. Newman dreadfully self complacent, pooh-poohed a charming notion of “Punch,” thought me “very good-natured” in my avowed admiration of it. Is beginning, however,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-04-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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