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awful thunder roar, loud-bellowing almost incessantly, terrible levin
glare flashing intolerable light, and the house rocking again.       An
in doors day. Waud found us at the Suttler s store in the afternoon;
got a letter from Swinton, with $50 in t.   /          Evening in doors.
I m off to-morrow by the Pacific, and then hey for Kentucky and
the Mammoth Cave.
  18. Sunday. A dismally rainy and befogged morning, despite which
Waud & Hayes arrived.   Had a squabble with the former.  He, not-
withstanding his manhood & sincerity can be rude and brutal enow, when
he chooses, and methinks it grows on him.    This extreme don t-care-for
anybody affectation of candour runs into ruffianism occasionally, nor does
frankness sanctify hand conceit, and ill-speaking of everybody.   He affects
the harshest notions of every body, and youre coarse gutter-phrases don t
please my ear, nor do I like to be ridden rough shod by one with less
brains than myself.   Ability he has, (infinity superior in art than
my poor pencil-work,) manhood and jovial spirits he has, but that s
about all.    A brute father has knocked nearly all loveableness out of
him.   Great is he in projects, marvellously Hell-s pavement making in
their carryings out.    Behind with the world, always in debt,   [word crossed out]
(being so particularly well-persuaded that he, with sticking to work, which
he never does   can make any amount of money;) willing to let any snob
divert and drift him from anything that aught to be done; he likes
your coarse common-place dogs who talk brothel-phrase, and shrewd vul-
garisms better than better men.       Three words of resenting some of
the big-boy practical jokes he plays off on everybody, will always produce
a butcher-boy threat of pugilism, from him.            I hate such outrage
on good-feeling, and gentlemanly  havior, and have been a score of times
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and ten
Description:Comments on Alf Waud's attitude after getting into an argument with him on Mackinac Island.
Date:1853-09-17
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Mackinac Island (Mich.); Swinton, Alfred; Thunderstorms; Travel; Waud; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[Mackinac Island, Michigan]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.