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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 63, September 9-12, 1856

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Identifier: DX03674057

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 63, September 9-12, 1856

Description: Describes an evening's conversation with Frank Bellew and Walt Whitman, who met for the first time.


says he [Daniel Martin]’s "a boy of excellent principles." As if a boy had any business to have principles — besides a fondness for getting in scrapes and eating apples.

Well, Mr Martin came up to say good-bye, and retaining my hand, was pleased to profess a regard for my talents &c, but would I permit him to say that he was pained to see I had no great regard for the Sabbath — He invited me to visit him, also.

I feel kindly to him for it.

Out to Wild's at night, with Sol [Eytinge] and [John A.] Wood, I leaving them to go to the candy man’s and councellor. A rowdy, Rynderish, torchlight procession, boys, blackguards and loafers — in honor of [James] Buchanan. At the Ornithoryncus for five minutes. Sol full of insult and chaff, lager-bearing with Wood and a foolish [word crossed out] faced youth.

10. Wednesday. Down town calls. Writing and reciding, for the first time "The Confessions of Rousseau."

11. Thursday. Much the same as yesterday.

12. Friday. Met Walt Whitman in Nassau Street; and being joined by [Frank] Bellew — who made Walt's acquaintance for the first time — descended to Lager beer and an hour’s talk — Sewell of the "Times" coming in anon. Bellew during his residence at Concord had known [Ralph Waldo] Emerson, and the conversation ran, at first, on him, then diverging to America and the future. / Walked to Fowler and Wells with Walt subsequently, and got his newly published book. Other calls. Courier

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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