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shallow.      Scott, the grand old Tory was only characterized as a 
healthy writer,   you might have condensed it all to that.   Nought of his
good nature, his plucks, his industry,   nor how he & Coleridge indi-
retly helped to beget Puseyism, a notable thing in this day.     And
of Macaulay he only proused,  Horatius  as a fine blood-stirring ballad.
(The lecturer did not propose to consider the prose works of either, except in-
cidentally.    A half faced way of doing things.)          Ale at Erfords with
Welden after.
  26. Saturday.  Visited Levison at a handsome room in Price Street,
where he & wife were.       Arranged about my taking Picayune work again,
contracting drawing & engraving for $21 weekly.        Down town; dined, then
to Brooklyn, met Seymour returning, walked up to the Park with him.
He s at feud with Dion Bourcicault, about a plagiarised play of the latter,
recently produced at Burton s.      /          To tailors, got breeks and bought a
big wrapper, hybrid twixt cloak & overcoat, hight a  Talma.  
[words crossed out] $16 for t.             An evening at home, in my cock-loft,
stove cheery as a stove can be, a candle in bottle, (temporary substitute
for lamp, while under repair;) Waud with me, tods & a cigar & books.
Damoreau up for an hour, to borrow Tristram Shandy.
  27. Sunday.  Over to the Fulton Hotel Brooklyn, dining with Waud,
and Brightly, who lodge there. (The latter has been doing a fine thing, sa-
ving a man from drowning at the ferry, & the rescued snob walked off with-
out thanking him.   /       There was an Artist also, dined with his us, one
Stone, (friend of Hewell, whom we met at Catskill.)   He, Stone is
a tall, handsome fellow, with longish curling hair, Vandykish beard &
dandy neckerchief & cloak.         We all crossed to the Battery by the South
Ferry in the afternoon, (after a stroll on Brooklyn heights, where I met
Morse,   the Nassau Street one, not Mrs K s.)   Up to Sherwoods
by Lispenard Street, tods & talk and cigars.           Parting with them at
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and eight
Description:Mentions that Charles Seymour is feuding with actor Dion Boucicault.
Date:1853-11-25
Subject:Books and reading; Boucicault, Dion; Brightly; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Morse (acquaintance); Scott, Walter, Sir; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Stone, B.G.; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Lispenard Street; Price Street
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.