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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 120, February 21, 1859

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Identifier: DX03297697

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 120, February 21, 1859

Description: Regarding an incident while trying to borrow copies of the New York Ledger for his article in Scalpel.

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Scalpel, and am desirous to obtain the perusal of certain of Cobb's stories &c. Hearing that the porter of a printing office, in Ann St, had retained the whole of the Ledger numbers I went there, twice, in order to borrow them, paying for the loan. This morning I succeeded in seeing the fellow, an Irishman, young, but with the sharpest, meanest viciousest face I had ever beheld. I stated my object. He had evidently, from my previous inquiries, formed an idea that here was a great chance! himself in possession of some treasure which must be had at any price. Wouldn't lend, but modestly demanded first $30, then $20 for the last two inbound volumes! I tried three minutes argument in spite of the man's face, told him that I could purchase what I wanted at the Ledger office, new, for about a fourth of his demand but his avarice and stupid cunning was unremovable: "I know what you are," said he, "you're a literary man, will make $50 or $100 by what you’ll write about 'em!" I told him it was rather a wild idea and went away half annoyed but more amused by the incident. Up town. Was phonographing in the evening when [Frank] Bellew came up. Wanted to know if I'd done drawings to article. Not a pencil stroke. Had talk — money was on hand on Saturday — is to be paid to-morrow. Went to work, did two drawings on wood, Bellew doing the same, going to Abbotts to get photographs & returning. [Bob] Gun received $20 from Crook and Duff's for my first article — will do as much for the last — see the dishones-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-02-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Newspapers
Authors
Irish
Artists
Diaries

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