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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 21, October 31, 1857

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Identifier: DX03418961

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 21, October 31, 1857

Description: Describes a letter from Alf Waud, describing an incident involving Maturin Ballou and Frederick Gleason in Boston.


stairs till near noon. Nelly [Eldredge], in return for my caricaturing her, made a sketch of me, and, for a child, an extraordinary good one. [James] Parton returns, from Rochester, tonight. Back to New York, through the soft, fine drizzle. To the Pic Office. Doesticks [Mortimer Thomson] and [Charles E.] Wilbour there and, anon, [George] Arnold. Returned to [132] Bleecker Street. Letters from Alf Waud and from Dillon Mapother. Talk of the panic and pecuniary difficulties in both of them. Waud says that [Maturin] Ballou takes off ten per cent on all bills presented to him and tells a long story of how he swindled [Frederick] Gleason, the gist of which is as follows. When Gleason went to Europe, some years ago, the paper made $50000 per annum. Ballou, being left in charge neglected it, got things in confusion, and, on Gleason’s return, made propositions for a partnership. Then being rejected he threatened to start an opposition paper, having previously secured most of Gleason’s employees. Finally Gleason sold out for $200,000, to be paid in 5 years. When the first 25,000 became due, he didn’t cash up, but had privately invested 40000, out of the subscription list, in his wife’s name. He has pursued, and is pursuing this plan, now; simultaneously building a new publishing office, twice as big, and next door to his present one. This is Gleason’s account. Rogues all! / Dillon writes from St Louis, that there’s a good deal of money due to the firm which they can’t get. Waud has been introduced to Charley Mackay and obtained orders to make drawings for the London News. His wife [Mary Waud] still keeps her room. Mrs [Celina] Jewell is with them. [Charles] Damoreau’s wife [Beatrice Damoreau] has another child; — he made so much fuss about the event that it has been denominated “Young

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-10-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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