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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 53, August 29-31, 1856

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Identifier: DX03650099

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 53, August 29-31, 1856

Description: Regarding the books A.F. Banks is trying to get published.

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mentioned take supper with us, and we were in the midst of it when tidings came that Mr Edwards had arrived. We saw him anon, and were at the farm-house in the evening.

30. Saturday. Up early, and off for return to New York, Old Falk driving us to Catskill. Here we got gratis tickets for the river passage, there being rival boats, and the touters bidding against one another, till the Glen Cove "agent" to spite those of the "Armenia" gave us tickets. A lovely day. New York by 3. [Jesse] Haney to the Picayune Office, I to [132] Bleecker Street. Doing chores, bathing &c. Called on Mrs [Celina] Jewell in the evening.

31. Sunday. Out down town for a walk. Met [A.F.] Banks. He is depressed and slightly self depreciatory about his book "Lobscouse." Having got in completely stereotyped at a cost of $400 he finds great diffaculty in prevailing on any publisher to get it out, at all — one firm, only, offering to produce it — if he'll wait till next January. But they'll only give him the ten per cent customarily paid when the publishers of a book do the stereotyping! Wherefore Banks is in the doldrums. He says he's greatly dissatisfied with it, now its done. "Not but that there are five or six things in it which only one or two men living could beat" — instancing the most trashy thing in the book. (He [word crossed out] once bored me with it. A long, long irregular rhyming) business about Smith and

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-08-29

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Business
Transportation
Authors
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Travel

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