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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 32, December 2-4, 1858

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Identifier: DX03130975

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 32, December 2-4, 1858

Description: Mentions that his story was rejected by the Harpers, and Frank Leslie is contemplating starting a new newspaper, titled Stars and Stripes.

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be sorry for is there in the world around you. I hardly know why I chronicle all these things —— they make me sad as often as they amuse me. Oh, the tremendous drama that Life is! and what will it result it in ——

[Jesse] Haney, after talking to me about [John Godfrey] Saxe said “I’m getting to know a good deal about these people — wouldn’t it be worth while putting it down?” I said Yes, but if he were to write all down, truly, it would never do for anybody to see it while he lived. But I didn’t say that I had been Boswellizing for how long? years!

3. Friday. Down town to the Tribune office. Saw [Thomas] Mc Elrath. He’s going to start a weekly paper — “the Century” — and I wanted to get something to do, on it. Took my name down. To “Omnibus” office — then to Wall St, trying to find Tom Picton. To Frank Leslie’s. Saw him, [Frederick] Watson and old [Thomas] Powell. Just now there’s an epidemic for starting papers, despite the hard times. Leslie projects a “Stars & Stripes” — weekly, Ledgerish — also a comic monthly. Hither & thither, back heartsick, and wet footed.

4. Saturday. Harpers. Story returned with the usual stereotypical civilities. Left note for Picton at “Omnibus” office, to Pic & Sunday Times. Saw [John Stephenson] Du Solle and Dean, got a very civil reception — can’t afford to pay out any more $, at present — like to have me write — come in again. Eheu! Back through the mire

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-12-02

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Newspapers
Diaries

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