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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 64, December 16-17, 1849

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Identifier: DX08677040

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 64, December 16-17, 1849

Description: Describes an encounter with the editor of the Empire City, Hawkins, and mentions the departure of boarders from his boarding house, including Silenus Brinsley.


with me. A simple-hearted, hard-working, kindly-natured, commonplace man [Bill Collinson], with quaint ways occasionally. He narrates how, induced by oppression of a feminine relative of his master, he during his apprenticeship “run away” and “tramped it to Coventry.” “She catched hold o’me, and I fell down — ready to bust me, Sir.” / Hughie [Muir] away on a visit to the paternal mansion, at Newark, returns in the Evening.

17. Monday. Went to New York. Empire City Office, with tale. Last two-weeks Editor, so no longer. Saw Hawkins, publisher and Editor — [Charles] Dicken’s Colonel Diver far from being over drawn — this man was viler. “We live by Sin, Sir, if all were bold enough to own it!” “—We want tales of Licentiousness, Sir — of Crime, Sir! — that’s what our readers like!” Bah! — “An ounce of covet good apothecary!” — Cut my hand off first, rather than play literary pimp to the scum of New York: — albeit the Almighty Dollar were scarcer. / Purchased another 1/4 ton of coal, and in the afternoon carried it in. / Drawing on “Mose [among the Britishers],” till night. Matagrabolized and melancholic even to tears at the glorious sunset, and thoughts of Her [Mary Bilton] and past happiness. But after tea, Hughie and Collinson coming in for the evening, and commencing vocalization, I left big-poster I’d been at work on and joined in. Hughie’s fiddle, Scottice songs, Collinson Dibdenizing. / This day a clearance of boarders. Silenus Brinsley

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-12-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Publishers and publishing


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