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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 9, April 13-30, 1856

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Identifier: DX03622814

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 9, April 13-30, 1856

Description: Describes an evening spent at the Ornithoryncus tavern with Frank Bellew and others.


[trium]phant. But let me be in time and I am as dextrous in word-fence as any of them, and resentment at the secret ill-nature dictating such repeated attacks helps me to a knowledge of where there's a row to be hit. Well — to return to the Ornithorycus. [Frank] Bellew suggested a move to the club room. I had passed into the inner chamber on my way up-stairs, when [Sol] Eytinge, in reply to Bellews invitation said something about "somebody who wasn't a member having no right to go up! Thinking that I was aimed at, and that a deliberate insult before others was intended I turned back, and asked him what [words crossed out] business it was of his. He alluded to W. W. [William Waud] as it proved, and that being explained, I went up. Since that time we don’t speak. That subsequent evening was an agreablish one. [Fitz James] O’Brien, [A.F.] Banks and one other were the only persons present save Bellew and myself. The "Club," as I foresaw, has pretty nearly fizzled out, there being fewer droppers in on Saturday nights than on other occasions. The sure result of trying to put men in harness, and have stated occasions for joviality.

This evening there was no singing, no dreary punning, only quiet talk. A Sunday ramble on Staten Island with [Frank] Pounden (who tells me he is secretly married.) Health and spirits variable as before; still keeping at my book. Twice as horribly depressed as ever, once being somewhat

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-04-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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