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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 46, December 15-16, 1858

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Identifier: DX03137307

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 46, December 15-16, 1858

Description: Mentions calls of Blakeman and Park Benjamin, editor of the Constellation.


for life makes us selfish. Writing till sunset, finishing comic story with drawing to it. Mort Thomson and [George] Arnold came up, the latter to borrow a book, the former to se [Jesse] Haney. Evening chores, and by 9, round to Houston St. Indifferent piano-playing heard in Arnold’s room — evidently some woman or women there. [Bob] Gun came out, went up in his room, [Frank] Cahill went down, Arnold appeared & [Jack] Sears. A good deal of going in & out — Sears understood to be convoying feminine "party" off. Nothing but innuendo and brothel talk for a good hour, when I left.

16. Thursday. Called on [William] Blakeman, then to 17th Street, to see Park Benjamin, not in, went again at 11. [James] Parton had given me an introductory letter — an exceedingly friendly one — to the editor of the forth-coming "Constellation." A plump grey-haired, lame man, a long, peculiarly-made crutch lying on the carpet beside him. Talked a good deal, seemed genial, but spready — perhaps fussy and opinionative. He gave me a very hearty reception. Left M.S. stories — he suggested subject for editorial — said he'd pay for it, if publisher didn't — that it should go in if he had to copy it out in his own handwriting. To [Frank] Bellew's, to borrow Sanger's book for review — stayed an hour or so — down town as far as Bleecker in car with him. After dinner to Spruce St, to see [George] Roberts, proprietor of "Constellation." He gone. Looked into Broadway Pic office near Canal. A little shop, boy in it, big grotesque pictures of Bellew's hanging on walls. Evening, scribbled the last three and a half pages, when [Henry] Hitchings and Oliver Hillard came up. Smoke, a mild tod, and talk. Hillard knows Park Benjamin. Apropos of the latter,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
19th century


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