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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 229, May 11, 1859

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Identifier: DX03379392

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 229, May 11, 1859

Description: Describes hearing stories about Park Benjamin from Frederick Watson.


attempting to get some man made a policeman and threatening to use the reportorial power he had in being "down upon" the officers in case of refusal. One wrote to [Frederic] Hudson, who expelled [Frederick] Edge. What a contrast must his recent experience of Paris, in connection with [Paul] Morphy, present to his former visit, when he ran away from home, lived in a garret and obtained admission to the theatres by joining the claque! He'll be sure to turn up in New York again, some day. Of all cities in the world it would suit him best.

[Frederick] Watson, of "Frank Leslie's," told me a good thing to-day, apropos of old Park Benjamin, who once, for a week or two, "edited" Leslie's paper. After his usual fashion he did nothing but append paragraphs of two or three lines each to prodigious scissorings, which paragraphs the compositors subsequently stuck up on the walls under the caption of "Gems from Park Benjamin!" Leslie seduced by his "blowing" about what he would do, and his quasi-reputation (based on the "New World," twenty years ago) engaged him at $50 a week, I've heard — much the same case as [George] Roberts'. Benjamin did a still more rascally thing which I may have chronicled before. He sold a story to Frank Leslie for over $100, which story subsequently was discovered to have been written by some New Orleans man, who had sent it to Benjamin's "literary agency." The old thief either had never communicated with the author, or told him

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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