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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 12, October 6-12, 1857

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Identifier: DX03411524

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 12, October 6-12, 1857

Description: Mentions the financial crisis in New York and sketches of his being accepted by the Harper Brothers.


Pic Office. Learnt that [Frank] Bellew had returned to town. Found him at Matarans, with [Frank] Cahill, drinking. There an hour or so, Sol Eytinge coming in, then took Bellew up town to dine with us [at 132 Bleecker St.]. Leaving him and Cahill in my room, went down town with [Jesse] Haney; he over to [James] Partons, I to Harper's, again unsuccessfully. Wrote to Hannah [Bennett] in the evening.

7. Wednesday. Saw Miss [Nina] Brooks who called, after breakfast. To Harpers — three of my four sketches accepted. Returned up town. Bellew about all day, mostly in my room. He has taken board in Waverly Place, his wife [Catherine Bellew] and child [Allie Bellew] being yet out of town.

[8. Thursday through 10. Saturday] Two of these days in hell — subject to a horrible relapse into my old nervousness, in consequence of an extreme desire to do drawings for the Harpers very particularly well, and the attendant dread of failure. Letters from home, [Alfred] Waud &c. I have got in arrears and can't recollect details.

11. Sunday. Hobokenizing with Cahill and Haney. A day to thank God for. The cliffs, fumigation and fire lighting. [Fitz James] O'Brien and Bellew with us in Haney's room at night. The former talked much of fast men in London and New York, of lorettes and actors. He told some goodish stories. I suppose his life has been such that he hasn't a friend in the world.

12. Monday. To Harpers. Didn't get paid, but got another sketch accepted. Talk of nothing but the financial crisis. All the Banks in New York will, this week, sus-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-10-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Banks and banking
19th century


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