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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 179, December 5-6, 1855

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Identifier: DX03975690

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 179, December 5-6, 1855

Description: Describes a visit from the Greatbatch family.


5. Wednesday. Mercantile &c. I have let [Thomas] Powell and Abbott — (the leading spirits of a new attempt at a ‘comic’ wire-pulling paper — started with the intent to get money out of George Law by putting him into the presidency,) have $8 worth of cuts, on prospect of future payment. Wurzbach engraves for them, and they owe him some $60. The paper’s a trashy one, the cuts hitherto done by Rosenburgh — the “Jenkins” of the Morning Post, in the days of Jerrold’s sarcasm. He is a drunken, loud talking literary loafer. I’ve looked into this “Young Sam” office once or twice and seen the clique assembled, and once, (wanting to see Powell about a book of Willis’s needed in our Contemplation) I found them in a liquor saloon — old Powell looking hot and jaded, and the rest bawling drunkenly in the rear. What a horrid life — ! [George] Arnold and [George] Yewell up — the latter having returned some three weeks from Iowa. He’s had a prosperous time there, and purchased land. Designs, in conjunction with Arnold taking rooms at his old Broadway place. In the evening I was at [James] Parton’s, occupied in sketching Colonel [Hugh] Forbes in divers attitudes for illustrations to his book. He is a character whom I must put down at leisure, anon.

6. Thursday. First Edward Greatbatch, and then his mother [Mary Anne Greatbatch] and father [Joseph Greatbatch] up. The latter being in New York both to receive the $2000 accruing from his mother’s legacy, and if possible to settle matters with Alcock about farm &c. They (Mr G, and Mary Anne) had to make many purchases, and had them sent up in my room. I to the Mercantile, passing

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1855-12-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Newspapers
Politics and government


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