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write him a hearty letter, and many of  em   and if ever he needs
help and I can help him   may   the devil admire me if I don t!
      /    There s a dirty, scoundrelly feeling I ve noted in England,
and not in America at all.     It s a dread of having to help re-
lations.     Here, if a man s down he s helped;   and made to
suffer no moral degradation by it.     In England, all through the
middle classes, I think, this feeling exists.      And in this matter
I ll be an American.             A letter from Joe
Greatbatch, Australia, voluminous in size and recrossings.  Lots of
particulars of high prices.  He s tried the diggings twice, each time floored
by sickness, will try it again.  Writes cheery and self reliant.       /
  Lastly.    A bit of a note from Boutcher, dated Marseilles.
A kindly farewell as it were.   He is on his way to Nineveh and
the old Bible cities, there to sojourn for three years.    So, his hand
I shall not press when I see them all in England, next year; there s
one item lying cold at heart, I hadn t reckoned on.      Dear friend,
book-lover, and true gentleman!  
He will write, periodically, and will I.       I bless God that
I have brave, rich, loyal hearts to love me, even as I do them!
But three   long   years!    To have him by the hand for
a minute now!  
     My heart s full, and I can t write any more to-night.
  24.  Thursday.  Was scribbling a few words corollary to my Mississippi
written letters, when Whytal came up.  He was going off to see his child,
which is thriving in the care of his relatives at Boston.   Lotty, playing at
a Baltimore theatre, company black-legs, so says Whytal.    He showed
me a long rhyming letter he had sent to Mrs Kidder, reviling her.   He s pros-
perous, owing to  Uncle Tom  at the National.      /                 Called at
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and five
Description:Describes letters received in New York while he was traveling through the South.
Date:1853-11-23
Subject:Boutcher, William; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.