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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 187, September 23-25, 1851

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Identifier: DX01048143

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 187, September 23-25, 1851

Description: Describes his anger at not receiving payment for a drawing done for Frederick Gleason.


Letter from Dillon Mapother. Little Cross, the varlet! is staying at the same hotel they board at. “Residence Troy, destination West.” Agent for the sale of a cheese-press, and for two or three days worked it, with great exertion to crush pieces of wood, on the stoop! / Drawing and scribbling during the evening. (Little dog Cross pretended not to recognize his once whist-partner)

24. Wednesday. Drawing [John N.] Genin’s caps all the morn, with alternate scribbling. After dinner, (Master Willy Kidder calling by the bye, and for the second time to turn over the contents of my portfolios The boy hath a look in him to his sisters bright eyes.;) — out, to “Traveller Office, to Genins (with book and cap box;) then to Frenchs. There was told that “[Frederick] Gleason never paid for sketches and never meant to.” The cur! — so he uses my drawing of the Havana affair, and in part the article, [word crossed out] ruining it by compression,) and for payment insults the Artist, with the charge of wishing to impose on him, [word crossed out]! / To Wall Street, melancholic, having marvellous little money just now, called at [Charles F.] Andersons — only the boys [Fred and Pelham Anderson] there. Verily I feel now so fierce an impatience and anger at this accursed poverty, this hand to mouth life, that I could almost do a villany for money — accursed, thrice damned and trebly desiarable Mammon — how I hate and loathe and love you! / To bookmaker Weber, — got boots — the first time in life I ever entered debt’s domain. Shall not be for long.

After supper, crossed to Brooklyn, called at Dunsiers — neither Fagan or Dunsier in — sate awhile with Mrs D, then left.

25. Thursday. Wrote vitriolically to Scoundrel Gleason. Down town making I recollect not what calls. Putting up things &c Getting a card intimation from [Arthur] Mason that Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder desired my presence, I went there. Told me that Mrs Pennoyer the handsome Philadelphia born lady, hearing of my anticipated Exodus had intimated that a boarder was needed at her domicile. Sate talking awhile with Mrs K, the sunlight streaming in methought sorrowfully on the picture of Lotty [Kidder], then left, and busied myself in removing things to [174] Mulberry Street, little Eddy [Greatbatch] helping me in the latter journeys. Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch arriving, supped

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-09-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Publishers and publishing


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