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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 21, November 27-28, 1858

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Identifier: DX03232257

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 21, November 27-28, 1858

Description: Mentions meeting Charles Welden in the street and attempting to visit him.


Town. To Knickerbocker Mag. Office — saw [James O.] Noyes. Stories not wanted — civil, complimentish, — lots of things on hand — mostly written on commission — would I send in something in two or three months — bosh! Noyes is an Oliver Dyerish man and less foxy. Asked me how “my book about New York” — here he stopped! — sold. Felt heartsick and Grub-streety awhile, took story to [Alfred] Guernsey, let gratuitous drawings at Pic offices and went back to my attic. Too much “knocked” as Sol [Eytinge] phrased it to write during the afternoon, but did so at night, fiercely.

28. Sunday. Snow coming down. Felt feverish, head achy and in-doorish so walked it off in a hair’s tramp up the Avenues. Called at [Charles] Welden’s residence 137, 2nd Av. I met him yesterday, the man crossing Broadway to speak to me. He alluded to a book I gave him, long ago ([Francois] Rabelais) — said he had then sold it, recently repurchasing it of Tuthill. I’d written some rhymes in it. He said it had reminded him very much of me. He was a little drunk, but there was a sense of indefinable regret and humiliation about the man which touched me. With his abilities he hd might have been so different. He lives at a stylish sort of boarding-house, but wasn’t at home. Called at Houston St and saw [George] Arnold. He’s writing promiscuously, as usual, principally for the Mercury. Reading and dozing the rest of the dreary day — o’er the snow got to melting. Went to see the Jewells in the evening.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading


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