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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 37, December 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03240301

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 37, December 11, 1858

Description: Regarding John McElrath, Frank Cahill, and Charles Welden.


good morals and decency. [Thomas] Mc Elrath can't love the Harpy's very much, for when he republished [Charles] Dickens' 'Hard Times' paying, I think, $1000 for advance sheets, they immediately reprinted it and he smashed up in consequence. This, besides a general detestation of the firm and its ways induced the Tribune to reprint [William Makepeace] Thackeray's "Virginians" in their weekly, when the Harpers had paid $2000 or $3000 for it. Looked into Pic Office, found [Frank] Cahill. Said he was doing "nothing" — getting advertisements for Picayune not on a salary, implied that he wasn't able to pay his board. He has taken to "chewing." Back, dinner, writing all the afternoon, to the Jewells in the evening. Little Miss [Nina] Brooks and her brother — not Pierce — in the boarding-house parlor. On another occasion when I called she was sitting talking in an animated manner with a young fellow — I should say an admirer. She looks older, her face longer, more womanly. Apropos of [Charles] Welden, I notice one thing of him. When I meet him in company with others he assumes a slightly superior, connected-with-the-daily-press air to me; when alone he's friendly and perhaps a little maudlin. The man's weak — weak; that’s all. I think he feels his degradation sometimes, and sometimes I feel sn sorry for him. I've a few boarding-house items to jot down. Mrs Pounden has gone to live with the Blighs — not Bob Blighs. Mrs [Catharine] Potter wanted her to move up stairs; the room which she occupied being desired for the old woman, Mrs Cooper, who is still sick abed. This Mrs Pounden took in dudgeon and left — whereon the

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Publishers and publishing


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