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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 151, May 17-18, 1858

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Identifier: DX02061882

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 151, May 17-18, 1858

Description: Gives his recollections of Henry William Herbert.

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It was curious to watch [Frank] Bellew's face during [A.F.] Banks' jabber. There was Patience, wonder, dismay, consternation and exhaustion succeeded each other. He said just four brief sentences during the continuance of the performance. [Robert] Gun was alternately talking to me and inviting all of us to drink. It rained hard when we got out — Banks talking Bellew to the door, everybody looking at him — so Gun must needs have us into "The Store" for more drinks. Bellew escaped, and I got my abbreviated namesake home by half past twelve.

18. Tuesday. Down town to "Golden Prize" Office, saw [George] Arnold and left M. S. To Pic Office. Bellew there and Gun. Rain; rode uptown. Evening, round to Arnold's, with him, [Jack] Sears and a fellow boarder. I was introduced to [Henry William] Herbert in 1849, on coming to this country, at Stringer and Townsend's the publishers. Having seen a portrait of "Ned Buntline" and not knowing the fellow's character, I fancied Herbert the man and thinking the recognition might be a compliment (!) said so! The publishers roared but Herbert got rather excited, exclaiming "For God's sake don't take me for that scoundrel! — call me Burke or Hare, or Thurtell, but not Ned Buntline. I have seen him more than once subsequently, and remember him at the "Sachem" office door with [Thomas] Picton and others about him. He impressed me as a very overbearing, self willed man. As an instance of his passionate nature, he once drew a bowie knife in Stringer & Townsend's office, set a box wood block up edgewise and chopped it to pieces. He had made a drawing on it which wasn't wanted, and which they demurred at paying for or something of the sort. One of the publishers was horribly frightened. Herbert's death, like [William] North's,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-05-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Authors
Suicide
Publishers and publishing
Diaries

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