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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 185, December 20-23, 1859

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Identifier: DX03163496

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 185, December 20-23, 1859

Description: Regarding the first issue of Vanity Fair.



[remember]ed in Heaven! They can never appear sweeter and dearer than memory conserves some of them, God knows.

21. Wednesday. Non mi recordo as to details. Down town once, in the morning, to Courier Office. Evening, I think, drawing, cut for Picayune. Didn’t go to bed till about 1 or 2, which habit I’ve got into, of late.

22. Thursday. Drawings &c. In the evening with Phillips to the boarding-house opposite. Three or four woman-boarders, one man, two of the former showily handsome and got up to kill, dark smooth hair, white shoulders

“— and the demesnes that there adjacent lie”

&c, black velvet boddice or dark blue skirt &c &c. One of ‘em talked fearfully bad grammar.

23. Friday. Writing, hard. Courier article and three or four for the Pic, at Bob Gun’s request. Corbin in his room. Abed about 2.

The first number of Vanity Fair is out; a failure, the contents being miserable bosh generally. That young man [Frank Wood], its editor, is in pretty hands, gets drunk every night, goes to brothels in company with [George] Arnold, is proud of familiarity with the inmates and often passes the night or part of it in Arnold’s room, on the sofa. A deboshed young ass generally, crammed with the conceit of “Bohemian ” clique-ism, would be amusing but

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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