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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 168, April 26, 1860

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Identifier: DX02949351

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 168, April 26, 1860

Description: Regarding a talk with Frank Bellew at Crook and Duff's about Momus.

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At Crook and Duff’s.

[Rosen]berg there. Told, civilly enough that my article, for which I had furnished the initial (shouldn’t have done it otherwise) might not be used (though of course it would be paid for) in consequence of a rhyming address having come in which was “damned good.” All right. Passed Frank Wood and [Fitz James] O’Brien, the latter looking wretchedly raffish, and at Crook and Duff’s found [Frank] Cahill, [Frank] Bellew, [George] Arnold, Abrams and others, grouping promiscuously in front of the bar. Bellew drew me aside, said he had only off consented to join “Momus” under the impression that I was engaged on it, proposed to back out, at once. Sat down and had a talk. [William] Newman’s approbative redundance, and general antiquity of ideas relative to big cuts had rather dismayed Bellew and he knew Rosenberg and [Henry] Addey to be helpless in the way of suggesting ideas. He only joined “Momus” in sympathy with the attempt. Told him to do nothing specially on my account as regards his relations, but to tell Addey, I shouldn’t do anything, either in writing or scribbling, unless I was put on the footing accorded to men my inferiors in value — a regular engagement. He has a loose impression I’m to be had without it — that I

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-04-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Authors
Newspapers

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