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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 139, May 2-4, 1858

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Identifier: DX03532324

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 139, May 2-4, 1858

Description: Describes Bob Gun, and mentions Frank Bellew's proposal for Gunn to write a series of articles for the New York Picayune on New York restaurants.


my name-sake [Robert Gun] carry up books &c. Out with him for a before dinner's walk to Madison Square, the rain and dullness of the last day and a half clearing off bravely. In doors till evening. [E.H.] Chapins' with Mrs Church, then to Edwards', where I found [Jesse] Haney. Matty [Edwards] back from Rochester, and looking very pretty.

3. Monday. Out. Drew $12 from Savings Bank to pay board. Down town. Return. Writing, painfully and slowly all the afternoon, trying a story for Harper's. Warmed up to it at night — saw my way clear. [Fitz James] O'Brien at supper. He had, this day, written a note to Bob Gun, saying that he was too ill to supply his chapter of a story for the Pic! Gun was at table. O'Brien has chosen to play off some of his insolent airs at the honest Scotchman's expense — I believe because he couldn't get money from him. O'B has $4 a column for his story, and got a suit of clothes out of it, by an order on an advertising tailor. All right enough, but the Scotchman is ten times the better fellow. He seems a thoroughly effective business man, hasn't any miserable affectations, has taught himself French and German, plays the cornet-a-piston and flute (a little,) can row and box and is generally healthy-natured.

4. Tuesday. Down town. Pic Office. [Frank] Bellew there. With him to Mataran's. While there, talking of a series of articles on New York Restaurants which it has been partially agreed upon that I shall do for the Pic — a la Boarding-house Physiology; Bellew said that he happened to speak of it to O'Brien the other day, when O'B had immediately remarked that he had long entertained a similar action — we mustn't be supri-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Newspapers
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Publishers and publishing


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