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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 81, October 2-3, 1856

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Identifier: DX03689500

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 81, October 2-3, 1856

Description: Regarding A.F. Banks unsuccessfully attempting to get James Parton's help with finding a publisher for his book.


learnt something of [James] Parton which has amused me. A.F. Banks sent him a copy of "Lobscouse" (proofs) requesting introduction to a publisher &c &c — also begging that the application might be kept a secret from me. Hitherto Parton said nothing about it, under the idea that I didn’t know of the book's existence, but conversation drifting towards Banks, he spoke of it. "The book's horrid nonsense" said Parton, and "so I sent it back with a civil note." Poor Banks! hapless book!! more hapless dollars expended in stereotyping!!! Banks is certainly one of the most impudent of men in his peculiar way. He once rushed up to Parton in Broadway and asked whether "that long-faced woman" he walked with wasn't Fanny Fern? After a very free and easy talk about courtesans with Alf Waud, [John A.] Wood and [Sol] Eytinge, he addressed the latter, with "Come now! Bai Jove they say you've got some devlish pretty sisters — why don't you introduce a feller." This was the cause of the split 'twixt Sol and Banks, and the former hates him like the devil now. Banks quarreled — or rather was cut by [Jesse] Haney, (who like everybody else [word crossed out] took a turn in maintaining him once) in consequence of Banks expressing his convictions of the accessibility of Haney's landlady. Haney was very indignant at it, but one night came home drunk and the idea running in his head, he —

3. Friday. Alf Waud came, just arrived from Boston, on his way to the Catskills. After

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-10-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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