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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 109, February 9-11, 1859

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Identifier: DX03288772

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 109, February 9-11, 1859

Description: Describes a visit to Kate Whitelaw.


Tom Picton. Went to the Whitelaw address [71 E 14th St.], saw Mrs W. [Kate Whitelaw], her husband [Matthew Whitelaw] out. A wax-flower shop. Mrs W makes the articles sold, seems to have attained skill in it, gives lessons to others. Says that Whitelaw has crossed the Atlantic twice "on business," she accompanying him once, probably subsequent to her father's death. (Man had money, I believe.) They have been in New York during the last twelvemonths, had a stand with wax-flower work consumed in the Crystal Palace, leaving losing some $2,000 by it. I've never met Whitelaw about town, possibly because he prefers slums and side-streets to Broadway. Called at [Dr. Edward] Dixon's, one evening. Settled to do an article on the Ledger & [Robert] Bonner for the next Scalpel, at my suggestion. Looked in at Edward's. Lots of things I don't remember. Went to [Frank] Bellew's on Thursday evening.

11. Friday. "Omnibus" office. With Picton's to Crook and Duff's for two hours or less, tapping him for items about Matarans &c. Lots of people one knows in and out. Whiting, of Frank Leslie's paper bored us. This fellow is notorious as a sponge or "sucker," and used to be caricatured as such, and as a leech — with his head on — on the walls of the office in Sol Eytinge's time. They say he ows his position — he gets $15 or so, as advertisement-solicitor — to winking at F.L's adulterous intimacy with his wife. He looks capable of it. A nauseous, staring-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-02-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)


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