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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 160, November 29, 1859

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Identifier: DX03143646

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 160, November 29, 1859

Description: Regarding a proposal to start a new paper, Vanity Fair.



— poor “Chips’” [Anna Thomson’s] child [Mark Thomson] — to his mother-in-law — who has conveyed it away to Minnesota. Mort [Thomson] never loved it and I dare say Grace [Eldredge] don’t want to be troubled with ready-made babies. And the old woman [Fanny Fern] who pulls the strings, would think it well out of the way of her daughter. Mort has repeated his “versified lecture” here and there; will make $1000 by it. [Frank] Cahill visited the house once. He seems to have lost sight of the wet-nurse, who has gone away. Cahill is now a little cock-a-hoop anent a new comic paper which he has been asked to write for. Its editor will be Frank Wood, a very young man in every sense, its artist [Henry L.] Stephens, of Frank Leslie’s paper, its capitalist and founder, the brother [William Allen Stephens] of this Stephens. The first name proposed was “the Owl” — a stupid one — the second “Vanity Fair;” which is that, at present, decided on. [Henry] Clapp, [Fitz James] O’Brien, [A.F.] Banks and others of that ilk are spoken of. Clapp’s “Saturday Press” still survives — how kept alive, only he knows. It is impudent, flippant, Frenchy and pretentious, principally got together on the dead-head principle. [George] Arnold sends gratis contributions, “Ada Clare” “Getty Gay” and other unfortunate literary females combine to fill its columns. The first of these some years back made an attempt —

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-11-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Publishers and publishing
Women authors


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