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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 180, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02772412

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 180, August 21, 1860

Description: Regarding Frank Bellew's debts and spending habits.

Transcription:

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[Frank] Bellew’s Debts.

his [Bellew’s] credits, I think, none of the best, and he had experienced a hideous amount of dunning. His loose-handed generosity was practiced at the expense of justice; he was too careless or too liberal or not self-denying enough to respect the minor economies. He would as soon invite ten chance acquaintances to drink as one; when he wanted anything and had money in his pocket he paid for it, when he hadn’t he got into debt with perfect equanimity. Yet he was sensitive and savage when dunned. Everybody (but his creditors) liked him so, that there was a general reticence about the debt and credit side of his nature, and about his unfavorable traits — if he had other — to a degree I’ve never seen equaled. [Frank] Cahill would talk of Bellew’s debts, under his breath, as it were, and, to this moment I don’t know whether Bellew did not owe him money for attending to his affairs while he and family were in the Wachusett mountain or not. Cahill always asserted this and affected to regard the favors he had from Bellew as indirect modes of payment. Bellew denies or half denies it. He certainly owes papa [George] Edwards the sum of $30 for gin, furnished to himself and Major Piercie, about the time that the latter went into

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Debt
Diaries
Artists
Liquors

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