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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 147, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03319656

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 147, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes a talk with Henry Clapp about William North's life and death.


company which didn’t mind it much. [Henry] Clapp's attention flattered it him [William North] and procured the American an invitation to visit him in at "his chambers." These were in Lyons Inn, consisting of one indescribably dirty and slovenly room where Clapp found North in bed at 1 P. M. The sheets, Clapp described, as of as dark a hue, from dirt, as one of the fellow's pants — I mean the listeners to the narrative. Well, Clapp was invited to breakfast, so after knocking about among utensils which had been put to all sorts of indefinite uses, North went out and ordered a cheap meal from an adjacent coffee-shop, threatening to pay the boy who presently brought it with a kick a posteriori on his objecting to leave the grub without the money. Thus commenced, the intimacy continued. When [James] Hannay's "Singleton Fontency" was published he presented North with a copy, who with Clapp was exceedingly hard up, so they sold it to a bookseller on the day before publication, at trade price, neither of them having read it. Clapp described, not unamusingly, their subsequent separate interview with Hannay, when he questioned them as to their opinions of his book. North was then in love with his "Blondine" — whom he has put in divers books. Clapp describes her as clever, pretty, cockneyish, law-born, says that North shared her favors with a "green-grocer's clerk" who stood first in her affections and by whom she became pregnant. This woman North wanted to marry.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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