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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 143, September 6-7, 1855

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Identifier: DX03879986

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 143, September 6-7, 1855

Description: Describes Alf Waud's attack on a man on the street, and a visit to James Parton.


who passes through New York on his [B.G. Stone's] way to the inevitable Catskills. Out with Sol [Eytinge], W Waud and [John A.] Wood for an unsuccessful dinner, and lager after. To Fulton Market for oysters as amends, and to [Thomas W.] Strong's, who has returned from the Cape Race-telegraph-laying excursion which has had him for the last month. He gave me a hearty reception, and paid for the cuts taken by [Charles] Gayler. A call on [Charles] Welden, then to my room and writing. By 8 the Wauds [Alf and William] and Sol came up, but went on their way to [Jesse] Haneys, I following when I had finished No 2 of my "Pen scratches," with intent to subsequently visit [James] Parton. But the fellows were engaged with Scheidam Schapps, and smoke, and [William] Levison coming up was chaffed in such a ridiculous manner by Sol and Alf, (both playing drunk in doing it,) as the Editor of the sanguinary Picayune, that 'twas over late when we left. Furthermore Alf made an apparently unprovoked assault upon a vulgar looking little man, who in Mercer street was half talking to a harlot, chased him into the road and pitched into him, he roaring for the police, finally depositing him, by a blow in the abdomen on a door stoop. It was a most absurdly effective business, and we learnt after that Alf had known the individual at Dobs [177 Canal St.], where he had deserved this. But it was not admirable.

7. Friday. Up town in the genial, sunny delicious morning to Parton, remaining with him for the greater part of the day. My scribblings which, at his request, I read to him, he warmly commended, and doubts not that the Life Illustrated will buy 'em. We talked of Washington Irving, [N.P.] Willis, "Fanny Fern," men, nationality and books. There was, some part

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-09-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Assault and battery
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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