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outwards, which jars harshly in social intercourse.  He affects to be-
lieve that the world grows no better, and that all thought lands
you in a desolate waste of  don t care-ism.     All of this, (which
is also every whit applicable to his brother Alf,) springs, I take it,
from a conciousness that each of them is not in his proper place
in life; a self tormenting knowledge that they have talents, without
the continuity and fixedness of purpose to achieve anything; thus
begetting a bitter, listless impatience with everything around them.  On
my suggesting that we d get George Clarke s company for the theatre,
Will Waud burst forth in condemnatory strain at George s way of a-
voiding such pleasures,  finding he had something to do, that he did nt
want to get a liking for  em &c.   /  He, however, did half justice to the
steady worth of George s character.)     But the steady persistence, and un-
ostentatious industry of Clarke stirred his spleen.     And George s good-
humor and pleasant tempered way of looking at the cheery side of
things, which I can admire and envy, would, I think, irk Waud.
 How he gets through his work  says he  I don t know!  And
then, with a humiliating sense of self failure he ll own to having been
 humbugging about,  doing little.          The Waud family are, in-
deed, anxious instances of clever unamiability.   And yet there s a
laugh in them, and a sort of frankness which sets you thinking that
good humor must be latent in them, could the key note be struck.
It may be the parental touch has damaged all irreparably.     I
mind, in the earlier days of our acquaintanceship, hen I liked
Alf better than I shall ever do so again.     Even now, I know I
like him better than he me.                      For kindly George Clarke,
why I find indeed that  my withers are not unwrung  in contrast
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy-one
Description:Comments on the Waud brothers' discontentedness in life.
Subject:Clarke, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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.