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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 200, April 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX03355598

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 200, April 26, 1859

Description: Describes Fred Watson and Thad Glover.

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breach of trust or forgery, which necessitated his [Frederick Watson’s] flying hither and adoption of his present feigned name. I first met him at the Pic Office, in [Thad] Glover & [William] Levison’s time, when he consorted with little [Frederick] Edge, who was his sworn admirer. He, Watson, toadied Glover even then. He used to borrow, get money in advance on a slimy pretence of being in danger of ejecton from his boarding-house, then to squander the money in low pot-houses. He got clothes, money &c from [Jesse] Haney. He was kicked out, literally, from more than one place of public entertainment. He, or an equally odious brother, was detected committing Onamism in a room of public resort. How he starved with little Edge about the timber-yards of the North river during the summer on which I went to England has been chronicled. He lost his last berth, that of theatrical critic on the Courier, for attempts at black-mailing actors. Now he occupies the berth of another scoundrel [John] Darcy.

A nice style of man to be drinking with! For Glover, he is only a fool or near to it, and sensual. Has a smooth, youngish face, rather protruding eyes, light hair and a sensual, bad, low mouth. Dresses dandyish, withal. Watson looks what he is, if ever man did. Short, extremely so, reddish-haired, with a livid, unwholesome Londonish complexion, and a night-towering aspect. If a mans voice may be said to sound greasy his does. It always impresses me thus. Sat and listened, mostly. [Bob] Gun “don’t speak” to [Frank] Cahill now. Says that Cahill’s acted shabbily in other than money matters. Pro-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-04-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)

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