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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 77, January 15, 1859

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Identifier: DX03262876

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 77, January 15, 1859

Description: Regarding A.F. Banks and Mr. O'Mana.


calling on to see [George] Roberts by the way. He has not been down town more than once this week. Got $10 from him. (He now owes me $25. Says he'll square up directly he can get about — I don't like to dun a man in his present condition.) Going down town this morning, I dropped in at Houston St, saw [Bob] Gun & [George] Arnold. Also went to see a man in William St — got a job, drawing on wood to do — owe it to [Thomas] Picton. Writing in the afternoon and evening. Went out at 10 1/2 to have some beer at the "House of Lords," a tavern two doors off Honey's. There found [John A.] Wood (F. Leslie's man), [A.F.] Banks, Gun and Tracy — the last Gun's Houston room-mate, replacing [Frank] Cahill. Joined 'em. Banks was just the same original unadulterated Banks as of old. He talked about his writings and drawing for [Thomas] Strong, eulogized an office chum of his as the greatest comic artist living, settled [Oliver Wendell] Holmes "Autocrat" with the assertion that it showed "a pretty good knowledge of human nature, but nothing deep — nothing deep, sir!" Then he was going to start a paper — had men to back him, bai Jove! ——— Bray a Banks in a mortar &c I had half an hour of him after the others had gone, he sitting mugging himself and talking. He let out about Manning alias O'Mana, alias anything — said the man had been seen in New York during the past six months. Spoke of his claiming everything he heard praised as his own productions. (Banks was completely gulled by this, I remember, and echoed it every where.) Said O'Mana had got $150 or so from a poor woman under pretense

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Payment


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