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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 186, December 23, 1859

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Identifier: DX03164291

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 186, December 23, 1859

Description: Regarding Frank Wood and a poem about Henry Clapp, written by James Morris.



for his [Frank Wood’s] proclivity to vice, not uncommonly the accompaniment of folly. Here’s an exquisite sample of him. Scene, Crook and Duff’s tavern, time mid-day. Frank Wood loquitur. “I always attach myself to one of the demi-monde when I go to a ball!” “Of course, my dear boy” says [Fitz James] O’Brien, ironically, “a man of the world like you!” Fancy a gawkyish, whiskerless young fellow, six feet long, wearing a cap and cloak, so getting off the first speech. There’s a good deal of a row about an epigram of [James] Morris’ on [Henry] Clapp, among the Clapp clique. Here ‘tis, not over decent but decidedly witty

“Clapp slept with a Mercer Street Venus

Who d__nably treated the same,

For she took off the head of his penis

And also the tail of his name!”

[Frank] Cahill, or rather Bob Gun got this printed on cards and gave them away among the fellows. [Charles] Gayler, George Arnold &c affect anger at the fact of printing, not the writing. Its known who did it, as Morris wrote it, first, in the Vanity Fair Office and of course young men Wood cackled about the authorship. I have no sympathy with the hideous little Gorilla, its subject, and think the thing’s fair enough. He has recently swindled some other monied man into investing capital in the Saturday Press; at least so Bob Gun says.

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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