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a feeble nephew who wants to ruin his young wife by slanderous
testimony of said returned Gipsy King Australian, and love letter,
  that s the play   bah !             I hate that carver & golden sort
of morality of surface talk in plays.       The honest, autopicken
of morality of the Beggars opera, or the subtle wit of the
matchless School for Scandal ought to rebuke it for ever.
Supped at Florence s & parted, subsequently. )         Welden
called on me in the morning.   I think he had been imbibing
a little, and he talked freely of Seymour and O Brien.
How the latter had told gratis lies about my poor Ghost Story
in the Whig Review, saying that it had been translated,
adapted, stolen from the french.    
I who can t read a line of french am likely to have thought of
such a thing!   Little thought I when scribbling away in the
Leonard street attic, of such a charge.    Nevertheless both
Seymour, (alias Bailey) & O Brien have industriously lied to that
effect.  And the former ridiculed, vilified and tattled of
our Staten Island summer ramble, when I & Waud admit-
ted him to our company.           And O Brien always  carries loaded
pistols    (bah,   the coward!) since he was licked at Bar
ton s theatre .  And tis surmised that Seymour does the same.
  17. Saturday.   A complete muddy, London day.  In
doors till afternoon, then to Picayune for money.   Charley
Damoreau came in the evening, to bid me call on the morrow.
I drawing till midnight.
  18. Sunday.  Yatman came up.     /          Dined at Erfords,
then for a walk, down the chill, breezy, sunny Broadway, &
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Mentions hearing from Charles Welden how Fitz James O'Brien has been saying Gunn's ghost story in the ''Whig Review'' was translated from a French story, a lie.
Date:1853-12-16
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; O'Brien, Fitz James; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Theater; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Leonard 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.