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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 19, February 9, 1855

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Identifier: DX03818579

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 19, February 9, 1855

Description: Describes a letter from Alf Waud, in which he gives news of their friends and acquaintances in New York.


he and “Wattles” dividing its cuts. Poor [A.F.] Banks hard up, has succeeded in getting in debt for two months rent with old Myers, nothing to do and his prospective situation depends on a man’s death. Yatman folly increases, he wears crosses, anchors, hearts &c as the gifts of “ladies,” corresponds voluminously with idiotic females, teaches the classes “Phisiognomy” and “English composition,” also leads a quire at Church. He is also strongly suspected of breaking the Seventh Commandment. He has endeavoured to get up another duel, with “a young man of the name of Guppy,” writing for [Alfred] Waud as a second. [B.G.] Stone has been to Boston, “bled the Governor, paid and spent his subsidy, and then hurried back to Catskill for the winter.” [Charles] Damoreau has paid a flying visit to New York, and retired in disgust at the tightness of the money market; — matrimony not improving him. Clarence Eyting’s portrait is published as a visible “Know Nothing, Uncle Sam’s youngest son,” at which his friends are not at all gratified. Other folk as usual. [Charles Bailey] Seymour writing sketch of [William] North’s life, to prefix to the poor fellows works. [Frank] Bellew in Cincinatti, has written to Banks. [Edward] Heylyn has been in N Y, found nothing to do, returned to fetch his wife [Liz Heylen], with intent to permanently reside there. Fellows want me back, [Charles] Welden looking up mournfully as he passes my cockloft [290 Broadway]; Banks “bemoans my sojourn, and wants me back to start a paper; the Miss Eytinges want me to be introduced to ‘em &c. [James] Parton, [Horace] Greeley’s Autobiographer has used bits of my last letter in his newly started paper. [Matthew] Brady, [Jesse] Hany, [William] Levison, [Frank] Royal, [Alfred] Swinton &c send reminiscences.

Alf commences thoughtfully, and sorrowfully, “that he has left half the hope, and all the freshness of his life, and that the dreary lot of a bachelor is ahead.” And he ends by saying he’s had a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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