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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.


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


Dates: 1859-02-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Newspapers


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