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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 16, October 18-23, 1857

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Identifier: DX03414829

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 16, October 18-23, 1857

Description: Mentions doing work for The New York Picayune while Frank Bellew is occupied with the pending visit of his sister and her husband from England.


— and, in short was the old, unmatchable, original and asinine [A.F.] Banks, sans mitigation. Finally he wanted to know whether I had a copy of my book by me — to which, on receiving a polite negative, he took himself off. Then [Frank] Cahill came and went to sleep in a very uncomfortable position on my bed. Then [Frank] Bellew and [Fitz James] O’Brien came, and then [Jesse] Haney. They all stayed till 1 A.M. and then good night.

19. Monday. Selina Jewell called. Her mother [Celin Jewell] still in Boston. No news

[20. Tuesday through 23. Friday] I’ve got into arrears, in consequence of over-plus of work. Have drawn more for Harpers, the big-cut for the Pic and the remainder of my time is devoted to Nic-nax. Bellew, who has taken lodgings with an Irish English family of his acquaintance, is in daily expectation of the arrival of a sister of his, with her husband, from England. He’s nervous about it and can’t work, hence my labor. Weather very cold, fire in Haney’s room at night. O’Brien up occasionally. Whelpley boring me, about an “invention” of his — I presume The Parisian Pamicography” — I’m making a drawing on a plate of his furnishing and bestinking my room with the odors of ink-and-wintergreen. Cahill much with me, having little or nothing to do. He, Haney and I went round to Bellew’s one night, and in the successing evening visited the Edwards’. [James] Parton is at Rochester, visiting his sister [Mary Rogers]. I’ve received a letter from George Bolton — morbid, as usual. Invites me to Canada, this winter. Bellew and O’Brien up on Friday night, with me and Cahill. Book talk with O’Brien. Kept me out of bed a couple of hours longer than I wanted.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-10-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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